Frank Lampard’s Everton exit didn’t come as a surprise. The English boss leaves the club mired in the relegation zone and now Farhad Moshiri is looking for his sixth permanent manager in less than six years.
From Sam Allardyce to Carlo Ancelotti, the appointments really have covered the full spectrum of coaches. The excitement of Everton fans reached its peak with the Italian icon, but even he, nor any of his esteemed predecessors or successors, have been able to paper over the cracks of Moshiri’s reign.
His next managerial appointment will decide whether they retain their Premier League status, or lose it after 68 consecutive years at the top table. Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly rejected an approach from Everton, which will come as a big disappointment to many fans. It could be a blessing in disguise though.
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The Argentine has never taken over a European club team during the middle of a season and his demanding methods make it difficult to be an instant success. He places huge importance on pre-season and the work his Leeds team did made them a major force in the Championship and, subsequently, the Premier League.
“He’s very 100 per cent. To the point where, if his staff aren’t putting cones out to the exact centimetre, they get an earful,” Patrick Bamford told the Daily Mail. “He is the hardest trainer I’ve ever had. Pre-season, you are told to run a kilometre as fast as you can and Marcelo has certain times. If you can’t get under this time, you won’t play.”
Bielsa knows he cannot make his style work in a matter of days before Everton’s next fixture. This is a mindset that takes months to craft, and the players must buy into it. With all the goings-on behind the scenes at Everton, he would be unlikely to be the man to rescue them from relegation.
In missing out on the Argentine genius, Moshiri may be about to finally call upon Sean Dyche. The English boss has been out of work since leaving Burnley in the summer but during his successful tenure at Turf Moor, he constantly overachieved and was linked with the Goodison Park vacancy on multiple occasions.
When Everton were the seventh best team in the country, looking to break up the top six, they always plumped for somebody more fashionable than Dyche. But, having relied upon Allardyce to drag them out of danger, they should now turn to the former Burnley boss to do the same thing.
The time for snobbery has ended for Everton and Dyche hasn’t been given the credit he deserves. He, like Bielsa, demands unwavering commitment from his team and can get results when his team is in danger. Keeping Burnley, who were one of the lowest spenders in the league for as long as he did was phenomenal, while taking them to Europe was nothing short of a miracle.
More importantly, his methods will work instantly for Everton. He has worked closely with James Tarkowski before, while Conor Coady and Dominic Calvert-Lewin should suit him down to the ground. There’s no doubt that the Toffees will stay in the Premier League if Dyche gets the job, but equally as importantly, it means he won’t go to one of their rivals.
David Moyes is on the brink at West Ham while Bournemouth could pull the trigger again as they slip into danger. Both could provide tempting options for Dyche and he’d be a success at both, so Everton must ditch their unfair misconceptions and get there first.
If they don’t, the underrated Englishman could end up relegating them.
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