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Everton ready to woo Marcelo Bielsa in person

The Argentine is flying to England for talks over the vacant manager’s job

Miguel Delaney,Richard Jolly
Thursday 26 January 2023 17:00 GMT
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Everton chair Farhad Moshiri is intent on persuading Marcelo Bielsa to take the job despite the Argentine's reservations, having already convinced the former Leeds United manager to fly to England for talks.

Bielsa's willingness to travel is seen as an opening, after initial remote talks reached an impasse over the make-up of the squad, the structure of the club and the length of the deal. There was a period on Wednesday when it looked like the negotiations might fall apart, but Moshiri sees the 67-year-old as the sort of character who can revitalise the club and rescue the season.

Bielsa had been receptive to initial approaches only for talks to encounter difficulties as he laid out a list of expectations and demands, none of them financial other than a fixed fee for him and his staff.

If Everton can't seal Bielsa, it is likelier they go for a short-term option to try and secure survival, with representatives of Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce having been sounded out. Wayne Rooney has been broached as an option, but it is seen as too early in his career, with a similar feeling over the otherwise admired Carlos Corberan.

Internal club talks have also encouraged the mention of "left-field" options, with the Daily Mail reporting that Davide Ancelotti - son of former manager Carlo - has been brought up.

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