Everton are reportedly locked in talks to try and convince Marcelo Bielsa to move to Goodison Park as a replacement for Frank Lampard – and Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of the Argentine’s style of play, saying he is “really attracted” by it.
Bielsa, 67, is top of Everton’s managerial shortlist to replace Lampard. The Chelsea legend was sacked by the under-fire Everton hierarchy this week after a disappointing loss to West Ham. David Moyes’ side strolled to a 2-0 win in London.
The Independent report that Everton are trying to convince Bielsa of a move to Merseyside. The Argentine, who is well-respected by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, has been out of work since his Leeds sacking in 2022.
Back in 2020, while Everton manager, Italian gaffer and now-Real Madrid boss Ancelotti gave his take on Bielsa and his style of play in an interview with Sky Sports. He said he is attracted to the way Bielsa has his sides playing football.
“I’ve never met him personally,” Ancelotti said. “It’s the first time that I can meet him, but I’m really attracted to the style of play of his teams. I love his style of football. I would love to spend time with him when to talk about football.”
Everton in Bielsa talks: Ancelotti a big fan of the Argentine’s style of play
The issue with bringing Bielsa to a club midway through a season is that Bielsa’s style takes time. His ability to change a team to play man for man and attack at all costs. It takes time to get players fit enough to play such a tricky system.
At Leeds, players were renowned for being the team that covered the most ground. Intense, Leeds finished ninth in the Premier League in his first season. Often, they would concede lots of goals against sides good enough to pick them off.
Everton need a manager that is going to keep them in the division. Bielsa is more of a project manager. So, perhaps, Everton would be better off with a Sean Dyche, or a Ralph Hasenhuttl. Both who have experience of relegation battles.