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Vitor Pereira: Who is the Portuguese manager involved with Everton?

The hashtag #27years is part of social media protests by Everton fans against the club’s highly unpopular ownership.

That’s how long it has been since the Toffees won a piece of silverware beating Manchester United to win the FA Cup at Wembley in 1995.

You can imagine it could be a few more years, but if their search for a new manager to replace Rafael Benitez is based on a trophy-winning track record, then they could do worse than Vitor Pereira.

Vitor Pereira, whose last job was at Fenerbahce, is a strong contender for the job at Everton

Vitor Pereira, whose last job was at Fenerbahce, is a strong contender for the job at Everton

The Portuguese coach, 53, seen here after Shanghai SiPG won the Chinese Super League title in 2019, has also won awards in Greece and Portugal

The Portuguese coach, 53, seen here after Shanghai SiPG won the Chinese Super League title in 2019, has also won awards in Greece and Portugal

The Portuguese coach, 53, seen here after Shanghai SiPG won the Chinese Super League title in 2019, has also won awards in Greece and Portugal

The Portuguese coach, 53, has won league championships in his home country of Greece and China during a fairly nomadic career for a fairly young coach.

As Sportsmail reported on Sunday, Pereira is emerging as a serious contender for the Goodison Park vacancy after impressing during his interview with the club’s hierarchy.

The club’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, is looking for a ‘progressive’ and ‘progressive’ manager who can not only see Everton out of their relegation battle, but also lead them with vision and purpose for years to come.

And it may well prove to be a third time for Pereira, who was interviewed by Everton ahead of Robert Martinez’s nomination in 2013 and again before Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival in 2019.

Farhad Moshiri is eager to make a 'progressive' appointment to Rafael Benitez .  to replace

Farhad Moshiri is eager to make a 'progressive' appointment to Rafael Benitez .  to replace

Farhad Moshiri is eager to make a ‘progressive’ appointment to Rafael Benitez . to replace

Pereira was interviewed for the Everton job in 2013 and 2019 but didn't get the part

Pereira was interviewed for the Everton job in 2013 and 2019 but didn't get the part

Pereira was interviewed for the Everton job in 2013 and 2019 but didn’t get the part

Pereira was also a contender for the job at Arsenal following the sacking of Unai Emery, held talks with the Gunners and was also shortlisted for Chelsea before opting for club legend Frank Lampard.

At the time, the £25m release clause on his contract with Chinese club Shanghai SiPG was too prohibitive even for Roman Abramovich, but with Pereira currently out of work there would be no such problems for Everton.

Pereira was assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas at Porto in 2010-11 when they won a league, cup and Europa League treble

Pereira was assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas at Porto in 2010-11 when they won a league, cup and Europa League treble

Pereira was assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas at Porto in 2010-11 when they won a league, cup and Europa League treble

Despite being the assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, later Chelsea and Tottenham manager, at Porto in 2010-11, Pereira is relatively unknown in English football.

Everton fans suspect Kia Joorabchian’s guiding hand in Moshiri’s interest in him and the “super agent” isn’t exactly the flavor of the month.

But Pereira certainly has its merits – a proven track record of winning trophies as well as developing players of the caliber of Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Nicolas Otamendi and Hulk.

In his last position at Turkish club Fenerbahce, he teamed up with former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, who was initially impressed with his management skills before things went awry.

Ozil threw a bib at Pereira when he stayed on the bench for a game against Kasimpasa, after being knocked out in one game too many.

It’s fair to say that Ozil probably wasn’t too disappointed when the coach was sacked just before Christmas last year after a 2-2 draw with Besiktas that left Fenerbahce fifth in the standings, 14 points off the top.

But that failure was a rarity for Pereira, who ended his amateur career at the age of 28 and started coaching at a junior level.

Pereira with the Portuguese League Trophy after Porto's Championship Success in 2012-13

Pereira with the Portuguese League Trophy after Porto's Championship Success in 2012-13

Pereira with the Portuguese League Trophy after Porto’s Championship Success in 2012-13

Chinese Super League victory in Shanghai SiPG in 2019 broke Guangzhou's dominance

Chinese Super League victory in Shanghai SiPG in 2019 broke Guangzhou's dominance

Chinese Super League victory in Shanghai SiPG in 2019 broke Guangzhou’s dominance

VITOR PEREIRA MANAGERIAL RECORD
Club By Unpleasant Matches wins pulls Lost win%
Sanjoanense Nov 04 May 05 24 9 7 8 37.5
Espinho May 05 March 07 51 25 17 9 49.02
Santa Clara June 08 June 10th 73 34 21 18 46.58
postage June 11 June 13th 93 65 16 12 69.89
Al Ahli July 13 May 14 37 19 10 8 51.35
Olympiacos January 15 June 15 27 18 6 3 66.67
Fenerbahce June 15 Aug 16 62 38 15 9 61.29
1860 Munich January 17th May 17 20 6 3 11 30
Shanghai SiPG December 17 Dec 20 118 69 27 22 58.47
Fenerbahce 21 July 21st of December 25 11 7 7 44
TOTAL 530 294 129 107 55.47

In the summer of 2010, he left his position at the second division of Santa Clara to become assistant manager of Villas-Boas in Porto.

That 2010-11 campaign was a memorable one as Porto won the league title by a whopping 21 points margin over rivals Benfica, won the Portuguese Cup and also the Europa League thanks to Falcao’s winner against Braga in Dublin.

Villas-Boas was poached by Chelsea that summer and Pereira resigned. They were able to retain their league title by losing just once all season, but crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage and were crushed by Manchester City in the Europa League in the last 32.

They won another league title in 2012-13, impressively going unbeaten for the entire 30-game season, though only one point ahead of Benfica, but lost to Malaga in the Champions League in the last-16.

Pereira was heavily criticized for his decision to start James Rodriguez with both feet on the bench, with the Colombian contradicting his manager by insisting he was 100 per cent fit.

Everton need all the help they can get to escape relegation battle as they languish in 16th

Everton need all the help they can get to escape relegation battle as they languish in 16th

Everton need all the help they can get to escape relegation battle as they languish in 16th

That summer he didn’t get the job at Everton and instead ended up with Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia and then Olympiacos in Greece, where he took over midway through the 2014-15 season and led them to a league and cup doubles.

Surprisingly, he left and moved to Fenerbahçe, but that lasted only one season before the club fired him halfway through his contract.

In 2017, he reappeared at the German second division club 1860 Munich, but could not prevent them from being relegated to the third tier after a play-off defeat.

He replaced his longtime boss Villas-Boas at Shanghai SiPG and led them to the Chinese Super League title in 2018, his first year in charge, breaking Guangzhou Evergrande’s seven-year winning streak.

Wayne Rooney open to Everton job

Wayne Rooney open to Everton job

Frank Lampard is another name in the frame

Frank Lampard is another name in the frame

Wayne Rooney (left) open to a return to Everton after he and former England team-mate Frank Lampard (right) emerged as another contender to replace Rafa Benitez

They were unable to sustain that in subsequent seasons before Pereira left in December 2020, and his return to Fenerbahce was not very happy either.

But he would no doubt enjoy the chance to take the job at Everton and he is now the bookmakers’ favourite, ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

Pereira has a pretty good reputation and he will certainly have to be ‘forward-thinking’ to keep Everton fans from thinking wistfully about past glory.

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