Everton Looking to Land Manager from Chinese Club

by Stevan Plavšić

Everton has been negotiating with Vitor Pereira over the past week, with hopes that the manager will join them before their Sunday trip to Manchester United.

Everton is looking for a new head coach after they fired Marco Silva last Friday. Club legend Duncan Ferguson is temporarily in charge, leading “The Toffees” to a 3-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday.

Vitor Pereira heading to Everton – Who is he?

Everton is offering 51-year old Pereira a three-year deal to take over affairs at “Goodison Park”. However, the manager’s current club Shanghai SIPG appear to be determined to keep their coach, offering him a new deal worth around $33 million.

Vitor Pereira has a wealthy experience as a coach. He began working with Padroense youth team back in 2002/2003 and shortly after took over Porto’s youth – 2003/2004. His first head coach role came in the 2004/2005 when he was appointed at third-division Portuguese side Sanjoanense.

We worked at Espinho, at the same level, between 2005-2007 before returning to Porto youth in 2007/2008. In 2008, he was appointed as Santa Clara coach. He managed to guide the team to third and fourth-place finishes in the second division, only narrowly missing on promotion to the top tier.

Afterward, he returned to Porto, this time as an assistant coach for the 2010/2011 season, before becoming the head coach – a role he would keep between 2011-2013. Pereira managed to win the Primeira Liga twice before subsequently journeying to Al-Ahli, Olympiacos, Fenerbahce, and 1860 Munich.

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