Four League Titles And A Relegation - Is Vitor Pereira The Man For Everton?

The Portuguese could get the job at Goodison Park, six years after first holding talks with the club
15:53, 10 Dec 2019

It’s 2013, and Everton are on the lookout for a new manager after the departure of David Moyes. While Wigan’s FA Cup-winning boss Roberto Martinez would eventually get the gig, the Toffees initially spoke to a little-known Portuguese coach called Vitor Pereira.

Since then, the Toffees have struggled badly under four different managers and Pereira has endured a nomadic career.

However, it seems destiny could bring the two back together.

Everton are currently on a high after beating Chelsea 3-1 under the stewardship of club icon and current caretaker-boss Duncan Ferguson, but the last six years have been barren of joy at Goodison Park and the Blues are again on the lookout for a new boss.

After Martinez, Ronald Koeman, the much-maligned Sam Allardyce and Marco Silva, sacked after a 5-2 loss to fierce rivals Liverpool, have all arrived at L4 but failed to live up to expectations.

Pereira is the man most heavily linked with being the next man tasked with making Everton great again. According to reports, the job could be his by the time the Merseysiders travel to Manchester United on Sunday.

Also tentatively linked with the vacant post at Arsenal, he has an eye-catching CV which includes two league titles with Porto.

However, since winning silverware in his homeland, the 51-year-old has travelled the world with little success.

He is a curious name, barely known by football fans on these shores, but a video of his outburst while managing in Saudi Arabia has caught the attention.

Pereira is seen passionately defending his right to speak truthfully as a coach despite reservations by an aide sat to his left during a press conference.

He unleashes a furious tirade before storming out. He did return, but such passion got supporters excited.

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However, his track record since Portugal looks, at least on paper, less impressive.

For what Everton need right now, which is stability and direction, Pereira’s record of five clubs in six years doesn’t seem to fit the bill.

Having replaced Andre-Villas Boas at Shanghai SIPG in China, he guided the club to their first-ever title this season. Whether unfairly or not, the Chinese Super League isn’t seen in the same favour as Europe’s top leagues.

After reportedly being interviewed by Everton six years ago, he eventually ended up at Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia and spent 18 months there before joining Olympiacos in 2015.

He spent only six months at the Karaiskakis Stadium but ensured the Greek giants stayed on track to win another league title.

Fenerbahce were next for a year before he took 1860 Munich down to the German third division for the first time in 25 years - it is certainly the biggest black mark on his CV to date

Pereira is clearly passionate and he has been a winner in the past (he has a 57.5% success rate) though his style of play will not suit the Toffees at this juncture.

He is known for his high press, which would certainly please Evertonians, but his love of Barcelona’s passing style would not be welcomed.

For too long, the Toffees have tried and failed to win on the foundations of passing it out from the back. It has worked only to irk the Goodison faithful.

This would be a massive risk for Everton. One worth taking? Perhaps not.