Fabrizio Romano has delivered an update on Everton’s pursuit of a new manager, with Vitor Pereira “still in England” amid his potential appointment at Goodison Park.
The Toffees and Farhad Moshiri finally brought an end to Rafa Benitez’s disappointing time on Merseyside earlier this month, and Romano has now revealed that Pereira is keen on taking over from the Spaniard.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira is still in England together with his staff members. He hopes to join Everton as new head coach – but still waiting for club final decision. #EFC Pereira would be prepared to accept 6 month deal with option for one more season – time to wait.”
Currently lying in 16th in the Premier League table and only four points above the drop, Everton are firmly in the battle to avoid relegation this season from the top-flight.
The Toffees’ disastrous run under Benitez has seen them free-fall down the table, to the point where they are now seriously having to look behind their shoulders at some of the teams below them – not least a cash-rich Newcastle United, and a Burnley side who have a number of games in hand on their nearest rivals.
What they certainly don’t need now is an appointment fraught with risk, and that’s exactly what Pereira is.
The Portuguese boss has had the journeyman’s equivalent of a managerial career, going through seven different clubs across the entire world in the span of just ten years.
None of those of course have seen him lead a side in England, and given the perilous position Everton currently find themselves in, doesn’t exactly provide reassurances to Toffees fans that he has the know-how to dig them out of trouble.
Moshiri has already blundered several times when it comes to appointing a new boss, with his latest gaffe being Benitez. Handing the reins to a completely new face in Pereira, mid-way through the season where he has no pre-season to work with the players, and the pressure is already ramped up cause of the league table, seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Everton fans will surely be fuming with Romano’s managerial update.
Meanwhile, Moshiri should look to hire this man…