FARHAD MOSHIRI will have to up his pay offer to Marcelo Bielsa if he is to have any chance of making the Argentinian his new boss.
For the guru manager is understood to have told Everton that he wanted at least as much as the £6million he was paid during his three and a half years in charge of Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa is demanding £6million a year to join Everton[/caption]
And the figure on the table to bring the 67-year-old back to England was not anywhere near that.
Bielsa, sacked at Elland Road in February, had already expressed doubts about being able to save the Toffees from the drop because of the standard of the squad that Frank Lampard left behind when he was given the axe on Monday.
It is also claimed that in their talks he told Moshiri that he would need defenders with more pace.
Bielsa wants a return to the Premier League because he rates it the best in the world – but not at any price.
Moshiri made him his No1 choice to succeed Lampard, who became the sixth manager of seven to be dumped by him since 2016.
He is desperate to get a new man in by the weekend with ex – Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl one option.
Another is Sean Dyche, ditched towards the end of last season by Burnley, but not a favourite of Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright.
One of Moshiri’s former managers, Sam Allardyce, has been talked about among the Everton hierarchy about making a return.
He has insisted that Moshiri mend what he calls a “broken” club and revealed he had not received a call for talks.
Yet he would still be interested, having declared that he has sympathy for Moshiri and the near – £600m he has vainly invested in a side now lying second bottom of the Prem.