EVERTON could make a shock move to bring Marcelo Bielsa to Goodison Park and replace Marco Silva.
Current boss Silva is under pressure after losing five of his last six matches, including on his return to Everton yesterday.
And now, according to the Mirror, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is edging closer to firing Silva and sees Bielsa as a suitable candidate.
That is despite the fact that the Iranian publicly backed his manager earlier in the week.
He said: “We want young players to develop – they need to play. Marco Silva is a talented coach but he’s planning long-term.
“He will coach and develop those young players and every year those same young players will become stronger. In this business, you have to hold your nerve.”
Leeds manager Bielsa – dubbed the “best coach in the world” by Pep Guardiola – arrived at Elland Road last summer with Argentina, Chile, Marseille and Lazio on his fine managerial CV, signing a two-year contract.
And things have gone well for Bielsa this season with his side pushing for promotion and a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Of course, much of the talk about Bielsa this season has been over ‘Spygate’ but it appears Everton have not been put off by the Argentine’s admissions.
Moshiri appointed Silva as Sam Allardyce’s replacement in the summer after a long pursuit for the Portuguese.
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But things have not gone to plan this term, despite spending almost £90milion on Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina.
Bernard arrived on a free transfer while Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes came on loan for the season.
Everton should be aiming to be the ‘best of the rest’ and finish seventh with the money they have spent and quality of players.
But they are currently ninth, five points adrift of Wolves who have two games in hand.