Everton is set to appoint former Burnley manager Sean Dyche as their new manager, following the departure of Frank Lampard.
Lampard was fired earlier this week, and Everton have also spoken with former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.
According to 90min, former Argentina national team manager Bielsa was interested in the Everton job and flew from South America to England earlier this week for a second round of talks, but sources have now confirmed that the Toffees have decided to go with Dyche.
While Bielsa was intrigued by the prospect of taking over another fallen giant like Everton, he had reservations about the club’s project and has now been ruled out of the race following another round of negotiations.
The Toffees had discussed a move for Real Madrid assistant Davide Ancelotti, brother of Blancos boss and former Everton manager Carlo, but the club’s board of directors chose Dyche instead.
Dyche has been unemployed since leaving Burnley in April, when the Clarets ended his ten-year tenure in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation that ultimately failed.
Everton were eager to find a replacement for Lampard by Friday and increased their negotiating efforts during a series of meetings on Thursday.
Dyche is expected to be appointed soon and will have a week to work with his new team before his first match as manager, a visit from Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday 4 February.