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Bielsa becomes Everton's number one target after Lampard sacking

Everton have made former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa their first choice to become the club's next manager after sacking Frank Lampard on Monday.

Bielsa, who has been out of work since he left Leeds in February last year, has already held talks with the club's hierarchy about taking over and has indicated his willingness to take on the job. The Toffees' next game is not until February 4, when Arsenal visit Goodison Park.

The Argentine was in talks to succeed Scott Parker as Bournemouth manager before the World Cup, but the role was ultimately given to caretaker boss Gary O'Neil instead.

The Toffees' approach to Bielsa follows their dismissal of Lampard on Monday afternoon, on the back of a 2-0 defeat by West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday - their third consecutive loss in the league.

The former Chelsea boss arrived at Goodison Park in January 2022, and although he helped the club avoid the drop last season, he leaves Everton with 15 points from 20 games and three wins this term - the worst victory record in the division. Everton are 19th in the table, with only Southampton below them on goal difference.

An Everton statement said: "Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months.

"Frank and his team's commitment and dedication have been exemplary throughout their time at the club, but recent results and the current league position meant this difficult decision had to be taken. We wish Frank and all his backroom team well for their future in the game

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