‘Not in a million years!’: Danny Murphy says Marcelo Bielsa shouldn’t be considered to replace Frank Lampard at Everton because his style of play will get the Toffees fired
Danny Murphy believes Marcelo Bielsa should not be considered as a replacement for Frank Lampard at Everton.
Lampard was sacked by the club on Monday, following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers West Ham at the weekend.
Former Leeds boss Bielsa has spoken to owner Farhad Moshiri about the vacancy, but cash-strapped Everton face the prospect of paying at least £11m-a-year to get their No 1 target.
Danny Murphy believes Marcelo Bielsa should not be considered for the Everton job
The former Leeds boss is Everton’s No 1 target, but the Toffees may have to pay £11m-a-year
Ex-Liverpool star Murphy has urged the club to stay away from the Argentine though, as Everton’s players don’t suit his style.
Asked on talkSPORT whether Bielsa should be considered, Murphy replied: ‘No. Not in a million years. I respect everything he has done at Leeds since he came in and the journey they have been 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 battle, they’re down.
‘They don’t have the personnel to play like that anyway – that kind of man-on-man style and pressing everywhere. No.’
Everton have endured a dismal season and find themselves fighting to stay in the Premier League
Murphy was then further asked 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 be a tyrant overnight and the players get on board with it.
‘Because what you can find quite quickly is that they go the other way – especially if he only comes in on a temporary basis and he starts to make them train two or three times a day.’
Murphy believes that Everton, who are currently 19th in the league, are struggling not because they want to try, but because they don’t have the right tactics in place.
‘It took time to implement his system [at Leeds], it takes time. He has no time at Everton,’ he added.
‘If you have a longer project, and you think, “You know, it doesn’t matter what happens, if we go down, we trust you to come back to us. We need you to change this place, you be the master , you build.”
That’s not what they need. They have to stay in the division.’
It will be a mammoth task for whoever replaces Lampard – with Everton facing league leaders Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Liverpool in their next two.