‘Not in a million years!’: Danny Murphy claims Marcelo Bielsa should not even be considered to replace Frank Lampard at Everton because his style of play will get the Toffees relegated
- Everton are currently searching for a new manager after sacking Frank Lampard
- The Toffees are desperately pursuing the former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa
- Danny Murphy was adamant that Bielsa joining Everton would be a bad move
Danny Murphy believes that Marcelo Bielsa should not even be considered as a replacement for Frank Lampard at Everton.
Lampard was sacked by the club on Monday, following on from a dismal 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers West Ham at the weekend.
Former Leeds boss Bielsa has held talks with owner Farhad Moshiri over the vacant job, but cash-strapped Everton face the prospect of paying at least £11m-a-year to land their No 1 target.
Danny Murphy believes that Marcelo Bielsa should not even be considered for the Everton job
The former Leeds boss is Everton’s No 1 target, but the Toffees may have to fork out £11m-a-year
Ex-Liverpool star Murphy has urged the club to stay clear of the Argentine though, because Everton’s players do not suit his style.
When quizzed on talkSPORT about whether Bielsa should be considered, Murphy replied: ‘No. Not in a million years. I respect everything he did at Leeds from the moment he went in and the journey they went on.
‘But what I saw at the end of his tenure at Leeds was a team in disarray and all over the place.
‘And if he goes to Everton and tries to implement that style of football in a relegation fight, they’re down.
‘They don’t have the personnel to play like that anyway – the man-to-man type of style and pressing all over the place. No.’
Everton are enduring a dismal season and find themselves fighting to stay up in the Premier League
Murphy was then quizzed further on whether Bielsa’s notoriously challenging training methods would benefit Everton. ‘You have to be careful with that,’ he added.
‘Because it’s a bit of a myth that a manager can come in and become a tyrant overnight and the players get on board with it.
‘Because what you can find quite quickly is they go the other way – especially if he’s only in on a temporary basis and he starts making them train two or three times a day.’
Murphy believes that Everton, who are currently 19th in the league, are not struggling due to a want of trying, but because they don’t have the correct tactics implemented.
‘It took time time to implement his system [at Leeds], it takes time. He hasn’t got time at Everton,’ he added.
‘If you’ve got a longer project, and you think, “You know what, it doesn’t matter what happens, if we go down, we trust you to get us back. We need you to get this place changed, you become the master, you build.”
‘That’s not what they need. They need staying in the division.’
It will be a monumental task for whoever does replace Lampard – with Everton facing league leaders Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Liverpool in their next two.
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