Everton giving serious consideration to Pereira

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Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira is happy where he is.

Everton are looking to make a quick appointment after firing Marco Silva and Vitor Pereira has emerged as the No.1 choice to fill the Goodison Park hotseat.

Silva’s 18-month tenure on Merseyside was brought to an end on Thursday after weeks of speculation over his future.

The Portuguese has seemingly been a dead man walking since the start of the season, with the players understood to have lost faith in his ability to steer them towards European qualification.

Everton finished the 2018/19 season in fine form but couldn’t carry that over to the current campaign and Wednesday’s humiliating 5-2 Merseyside derby defeat at Anfield saw them slip into the relegation zone.

The Toffees aren’t wasting any time in finding a successor, with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri at the club’s Finch Farm training ground on Thursday to give Silva the bad news and begin work on appointing his replacement.

Sky Sports claims the hierarchy have drawn up a four-man shortlist and their top target is Pereira, who is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

Negotiations between the two parties are understood to be slated to begin in the next 24 hours.

The 51-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Watford and Arsenal previously, despite having never managed in England, while he has also failed to last more than two years at any club he has previously taken charge of.

The Portuguese has had stints working with Porto, Al-Ahli, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce, winning league titles in Portugal, Greece and China.

Pereira appears to be the choice of Moshiri and is odds-on with some bookmakers to get the job.

The next Everton manager market is changing quickly, with David Moyes having previously been the heavy favourite when the news of Silva’s sacking broke.

The Scot is understood to be the choice of chairman Bill Kenwright, who is keen to reunite with the 56-year-old after they enjoyed a successful 11 years on Merseyside previously.

Moyes has been out of work since leaving West Ham in May 2018 and some onlookers have argued it would represent a major step back were Everton to bring in the man who ditched them in 2013 for an unsuccessful stint as Manchester United manager.

While Moyes’ time at Everton was a success, he never won a trophy and his time in the top flight looks to be coming to an end.

But is Pereira the right choice? His similarities to predecessor Silva will have Everton worried.

Boyhood Everton fan and current Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has already ruled himself out, while former Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta is thought to be in no rush to leave his current position as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Too often in the Moshiri era, Everton have gone for the wrong man and, even with a relegation battle looming, a manager in a similar ilk to Sam Allardyce would not be a popular choice among the Goodison faithful.

Whoever takes charge will have plenty to prove, while the board will be desperate to make the right choice this time, having wasted so much money in the past. A big few days await at Goodison.

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