Why Sean Dyche Could Be the Saviour Everton Needs Ahead of Marcelo Bielsa
- Sean Dyche looks set to become the new Everton boss after Marcelo Bielsa reportedly rejected the chance
- Bielsa and Dyche were the two main contenders for the job after Frank Lampard’s sacking
- A look at Sean Dyche’s recent work could suggest he may be exactly what Everton needs at the moment
Sean Dyche is set to become the new Everton manager, and whether it will be until the end of the season or beyond is yet to be established.
If you had predicted a few years ago that the combative gaffer would be at a Merseyside dugout as the manager, you would have been labelled delusional.
That is the situation Everton find themselves in with more than half the season gone. They currently lie 19th on the log and are facing prospects of getting relegated.
It is easy to argue that they have been the worst team in the division under Frank Lampard, as the only thing keeping them from the bottom of the pile is goal difference.
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Reports from BBC suggest Marcelo Bielsa was Everton’s preferred choice, but they ultimately had to do away with that option as they failed to agree on a number of things with the former Leeds tactician.
That left a door open for Dyche, who is now set to take over. Sports Brief takes a look at why Bielsa walking away from the Everton job could end up becoming a blessing in disguise for Everton.
More Premier League experience
Compared to Bielsa, whose first job in the Premier League was with Leeds United, Sean Dyche actually has some experience in England’s top two tiers of football.
Notably, he spent a decade with Burnley, and in that time guided the Clarets to two promotions.
Experience in relegation dogfights
Burnley spent six successive seasons in the Premier League with Sean Dyche.
Aside from the 2017-18, which was Burnley's best ever finish as they achieved their first European qualification in 51 years, the Clarets have been involved in relegation battles quite often.
This sort of experience could be exactly what sets apart Dyche from Bielsa, since the former knows exactly what it takes to help a team climb off the dreaded zone.
Dyche’s route 1 football could be key
One of Everton’s biggest shortcomings this season has been scoring goals, as they are the second lowest scorers in the division after Wolves. Sean Dyche could offer a solution to this, through his classic route 1 style of play.
It has been criticized in the past, but Dyche’s style of hurling the ball forward for his attackers to create something has proven effective, especially against some big teams who are reliant on possession football.
Combine that with a solid defense and Everton might sneak in a number of 1-0 wins in their remaining 18 games of the season.
Bielsa’s teams need time, Everton don't have time
Another factor that could give 51-year-old Sean Dyche an edge is the fact that Marcelo Bielsa is not the most comfortable when taking over at a club mid-season.
As reported by BBC, this was one of the concerns the Argentine fronted in discussions with the club as he felt his tactics may not be fully grasped by Everton in time to save them from relegation with only 18 games to go.
Lampard’s message to Everton fans
Sports Brief also reported on Frank Lampard’s final message to Everton fans after the sacking.
Lampard returned to the club on Thursday to say his farewell and proceeded to send out an emotional message on social media, expressing disappointment at not achieving what he set out to at the Merseyside club.
Reports claim Lampard is determined to bounce back after the sack.