All the smoke coming out of Goodison Park seems to be that former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is indeed interested in taking over at Everton and that if certain assurances are given about plans in the final days of the transfer market then a deal could well be struck.,,

The 67 year-old was an extremely popular manager of the Yorkshire club and the four years he spent at Elland Road was the longest stop of his career since managing the Chilean national team between 2007 and 2011. Everton though are not looking particularly for longevity nor stability but short-term success.

Biesla is well known for his high-pressure up-tempo style of football, one that fans often enjoy watching but it needs the players to all buy-in. He squeezes every last drop of energy out of his squad and the charge against him is that he works them too hard for it to translate into long-term success.

Everton’s squad looks like one that should be fighting relegation. Only Dominic Calvert-Lewin is good enough from their attacking options to be a Premier League regular but the England international has struggled all season for both form and fitness. There is little doubt that without goals in the team, they will struggle and will be fighting the drop for the rest of the 22/23 season.

Owner Farhad Moshiri has received plenty of stick from the fans but his succession of managers haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory in the transfer market. Players such as Yannick Bolasie, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Cenk Tosun, Theo Walcott, Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Allan, Ben Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure have all come in to the club with transfer fees of £20 million or more. Not many of them have lived up to that billing and that is a big reason why the club have stagnated.

Any manager would want assurances as to their transfer budget/targets but if you are going to hire Bielsa, you need the players who can play his brand of football. Should Everton go that route then it could be a busy few days for the Goodison Park fax machine.

Betfred now have the Argentine as joint-favourite along with former Burnley boss Sean Dyche at 6/4.

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