VITOR PEREIRA is the latest boss to be interviewed for the Everton vacancy.
The Portuguese is a free agent after being sacked by Turkish side Fenerbahce last month.
Pereira is on the shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez, which includes Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and caretaker Duncan Ferguson, although Everton are considering numerous candidates.
Saturday’s 0-1 home defeat to Aston Villa have raised fears that they will be dragged into a relegation ruin.
But goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is confident that the Toffees, who have not been relegated since 1951, will survive.
He said: “The fight, the intensity, the tempo was there. We showed that chemistry.
“We showed bravery and desire. It was just a shot but it will come.
“It’s about working hard on the training ground, then going out on the pitch and showing yourself with determination and we’ll get that result.”
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Pereira also has experience managing Porto at home, as well as clubs such as Olympiacos, 1860 Munich, Al Ahli and Shanghai SIPG.
The 52-year-old spent time as an assistant coach at Porto under former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas in the 2010/11 season.
Ferguson is now the Toffees’ interim manager after Benitez was given the boot.
Before that, he had a stint as caretaker boss in December 2019, between the sacking of Marco Silva and the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8252315/vitor-pereira-everton-manager-interview-rafa-benitez/ Vitor Pereira in frame for Everton manager job after interview with Goodison Park club to replace sacked Rafa Benitez