Vitor Pereira now front-runner for Everton job after Farhad Moshiri talks

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Everton set for talks with Vitor Pereira about becoming club's new manager - GETTY IMAGES
Everton set for talks with Vitor Pereira about becoming club's new manager - GETTY IMAGES

Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira is now the front-runner to become the next Everton manager following talks with the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Although the managerial process is ongoing, there is no doubt the 53 year-old has emerged as the leading contender.

Several candidates of different styles and age profiles have emerged in what has become an erratic and haphazard recruitment process - just as it was last summer when Rafa Benitez was given the job - but Moshiri appears to have been impressed by Pereira.

The ex Porto manager Pereira is available having been recently sacked by Turkish club Fenerbahce, although his career has enjoyed more successful spells elsewhere.

Pereira won back-to-back Portuguese top-flight titles with Porto, and led Greek side Olympiakos to a domestic double in 2015. He endured an unhappy spell in German football, overseeing the relegation of 1860 Munich in 2017, prior to moving to China’s Super League.

His appointment would represent another big risk by Moshiri and his business partner Alisher Usmanov given the peril Everton are in, sliding ever closer to the bottom three.

Questions are sure to be asked as to whether Pereria’s candidacy is truly due to years of careful scouting and due diligence, or simply a case of him being available at the right time, with the right power brokers pushing his credentials to a highly impressionable owner. Pereira has been linked with the job before and will know from personal experience that with the modern Everton, nothing can be taken for granted until a contract is signed. Six months ago it looked like Nuno Espirito Santo was on the verge of being named before a late change of heart by Moshiri.

Since the sacking of Rafa Benitez, Moshiri has considered re-hiring Roberto Martinez, approached Frank Lampard, and pondered as to whether Wayne Rooney could lead his former club out of the mire.

Duncan Ferguson remains in temporary charge for the time-being, and is planning to lead the side in the forthcoming games against Brentford and Newcastle United, the latter of which is critical to keeping Everton away from the drop zone.

Moshiri will be making his sixth permanent managerial appointment in six years at Goodison Park. His first was Ronald Koeman. Since then Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti and Benitez have been and gone. The years of stability under David Moyes - when Everton were generally competing for the European places - seem in the distant past

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