Vitor Pereira ‘to consider’ Everton approach as Toffees target Shanghai boss
Vitor Pereira is reportedly ‘willing to consider’ an offer from Everton to replace Marco Silva as manager.
The club sacked Silva on Thursday after an awful run of results saw the team fall into the relegation zone of the Premier League.
And the 5-2 loss at Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night was the final nail in the coffin for the former Watford boss.
Pereira is currently managing in China having finished third in the Chinese Super League as manager of Shanghai SIPG.
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The Portuguese has also managed in Turkey with Fenerbahce and in Greece with Olympiakos, as well as a stint with Porto where he won two Primeira Liga titles.
It is believed the 51-year-old was also considered by the Toffees as David Moyes' replacement before the club settled on Roberto Martinez in 2013.
Pereira is currently considering a new contract offer from Shanghai, which will guarantee he earns £30m a year.
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He is already one of the highest paid manager’s in the world and was recently offered the job of managing the Chinese national team.
Moyes is also a name under serious consideration by Everton's board to return, with some bookmakers offering evens odds of the 56-year-old Scot being installed as the next permanent manager.
More ambitious suggestions of contenders include former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
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Former Everton skipper Mikel Arteta – now working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe are also thought to be on the radar.
Toffees legend Leon Osman says it is a tough decision for the club board to decide who should replace Silva.
"The only obvious candidate at the moment is David Moyes," Osman said on BBC Radio 5 Live. "Maybe a step back is what is required.
"Are you going to get a manager in a job? That can take time and be very expensive.
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"They tried the panic mode – as Evertonians called it – by bringing in Sam Allardyce to keep Everton up. It wasn't a success on all counts, it kept Everton in the Premier League but a lot of fans weren't happy.
"Some fans are suggesting to go and get Mauricio Pochettino because he is out of a job but Everton have fallen so far down the league that even with all the money available it is no longer a glitzy opportunity.
"You've got a serious job on your hands over the next two years before Everton can be re-established as a top club again. We've now become a project again where we were three or four years ago when the money first came in."
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