Former Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has rejected an approach from Everton to become their new manager, Football Insider have reported.
The Argentine was offered the role after the sacking of Frank Lampard yesterday [23 January].
“Sources” have told Football Insider that Bielsa has rejected the advances of the Merseyside club, however.
It came after reports on the same day that Brentford boss Thomas Frank had also turned down an offer to take up the post.
Bielsa was believed to be the favoured candidate of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri but they will now be forced to look elsewhere.
Other targets for the position include Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson and Sean Dyche.
If these reports are credible then they will come as welcome news to Leeds fans everywhere. Not one Whites supporter would relish the thought of seeing Bielsa in an opposition dugout on matchday.
Taking charge of another Premier League team would tarnish Bielsa’s legacy at Leeds somewhat. He would surely know this himself, and being a man of integrity, it is indeed difficult to see him taking on the Everton role.
In a more practical sense, anyone familiar with Bielsa’s methods knows that they take time to implement. Due to this, joining a struggling club midway through the season just wouldn’t be viable for the Argentine.
Let’s just hope that these reports do have truth to them, and that Bielsa stays far away from Premier League football for the rest of his career.