MANAGER PROFILE: Everton Are Reportedly Interested in Porto’s Vitor Pereira

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Manager Profiles, Porto, Primeira Liga
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Porto's coach Pereira claps during their Champions League Group G soccer match against APOEL Nicosia at the Dragon stadium in Porto

Football website Goal is reporting that Vitor Pereira may become Everton’s next manager, if David Moyes decides to leave at the end of the campaign. Pereira’s contract with Porto expires in the summer, and it is believed that negotiations on a new deal have yet to begin.

Current Everton chairmen Bill Kenwright has reportedly been monitoring Pereira this campaign and even invited the Portuguese to a Premier League match over the Christmas break. Current Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is also believed to be in the running.

The 44-year-old Pereira first had success with small clubs in Portugal’s lower divisions which include Sanjoanense, Espinho and Santa Clara. He also has experience with developing young players having coached the junior squads of Padroense and Porto on two occasions.

In 2010-11, he was hired as Porto’s assistant under former Chelsea and current Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas. After Villas-Boas’ departure to Chelsea, Pereira was promoted to the top job in charge of Os Dragões.

In his first year in charge of Porto, the club won the Portuguese League but Pereira was heavily criticized after the club was eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. This year, Porto remains 4 points behind archrivals Benfica in the domestic league with 5 matches to go.

Related Article:

GOAL.Com Everton eye Porto boss Pereira as potential Moyes successor


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