06 December 2019 00:36

Vitor Pereira

Next Everton manager: Toffees targeting Vitor Pereira as Marco Silva's permanent replacement

Everton are officially on the search for a new permanent manager after Marco Silva's sacking on Thursday. A statement read: "Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club. "The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible." LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS REVIEW Arsenal's winless run continues with Brighton loss, Newcastle beat Sheffield United play to the whistle Shelvey benefits from VAR call as Newcastle beat Sheffield United OVER Marco Silva sacked by Everton, club confirms who will be in charge for Chelsea game who's next? Five possible replacements for Silva NOT GIVING UP Marko Grujic reveals 'dream' to play for Liverpool next season PLAY HIM Ljungberg 'feels sorry' for on-loan Arsenal man over lack of game time CRITIC Stop telling Grealish how great he is, he 'still has much to learn', says Johnson Gone Silva to be sacked today as Liverpool loss seals fate, Moyes in frame to replace him Duncan Ferguson will take temporary charge of the Toffees' Premier League clash at home to Chelsea – with talkSPORT bringing you full LIVE commentary of the match on GameDay! A number of names have been linked with the job on a permanent basis including former Everton boss David Moyes, who left Goodison Park for Manchester United in 2013 after eleven years of service.

However, Sky Sports News claims the club are after Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira. getty images - getty 2 Pereira is being touted to replace Silva at Everton Pereira, 51, is currently in charge of Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League and is currently in one of the highest paid jobs in world football. The report also states he was considered by Everton as David Moyes' replacement before the club appointed Roberto Martinez. Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT We'll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including Everton vs Chelsea (12:30) Vitor Pereira is Everton's priority to replace Marco Silva Everton want Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira to replace Marco Silva at Goodison Park, Sky Sports News understands. The club sacked Marco Silva on Thursday after their 5-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby left them 18th in the Premier League.

Pereira is currently managing in China having finished third in the Chinese Super League as manager of Shanghai SIPG. He was also considered by the Toffees as David Moyes' replacement, before the club settled on Roberto Martinez in 2013. The 51-year-old is currently one of the highest paid coaches in the world and was recently offered the job of managing the Chinese national team. It is understood he is currently considering a new contract offer from Shanghai, which will guarantee he earns £30m a year. Duncan Ferguson is set to take temporary charge of the first team ahead of Saturday's game against Chelsea with Everton saying "the club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible".

A number of candidates are being considered to take over, including former Toffees boss Moyes. The Scot, who previously managed Everton from 2002-2013, has been out of work since leaving West Ham in the summer of 2018. Everton face a daunting run of fixtures over the festive period - hosting Chelsea on Saturday and also facing Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in their next six league games, before travelling to Anfield again to play Liverpool in the FA Cup third round. "Everyone that thinks Everton's problems will go away because Marco Silva has been sacked, they're kidding themselves. "This is a problem that I think runs deeper than Marco Silva.

Watch Manchester United vs Everton live on Sky Sports Premier League on December 15; kick-off 2pm The Premier League action keeps coming - make sure you don't miss a thing by signing up for goal alerts with the Sky Sports Score Centre app. This season, you also can watch Premier League match highlights for free - without being a Sky Sports subscriber. You'll find highlights from every Premier League game - from 5.15pm on a Saturday or shortly after full-time on other days - in the Score Centre, as well as on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel. You can follow dedicated live blogs of every Premier League game on the Sky Sports website and app and track goals as they go in with our vidiprinter page. Shanghai SIPG coach Vitor Pereira is one of the leading contenders to take over at Goodison Park after the sacking of Marco Silva. Portuguese boss Pereira has a particular advantage over other candidates as he met with members of Everton's board six years ago when they were seeking a replacement for David Moyes, and was said to have impressed them with his knowledge of the game. Everton ended up appointing Roberto Martinez, while Pereira, who was at FC Porto at the time and had just won the Portuguese top flight, moved on to Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League. Vitor Pereira is on an Everton shortlist of managers who could replace Marco Silva at Everton Spells followed at Fenerbache and 1860 Munich before he joined his current side SIPG in 2018, winning the Chinese Super League and the Super Cup in his first season at the club. The 51-year-old is said to be one of the highest-paid coaches in world football with a rumoured £30million a year salary in his job with the Chinese outfit, and was reportedly offered the role of China national team boss. Pereira makes up a shortlist of managers under contention that includes former manager David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez. A trip to Manchester United follows the following week, before they welcome Leicester City to Goodison Park for an EFL Cup quarter-final, and round off their tricky run of fixtures with a home game against Arsenal. Everton have been plunged into the relegation zone after a woeful run of form that has seen them lose their last three games, with just one win in five and nine defeats in total this season, the second most behind Norwich. Silva had felt the weight of pressure on top of him for months, with reports that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had considered swinging the axe on a number of occasions before changing his mind. David Moyes is the odds-on favourite to take over from Marco Silva. Francesca Melis: Every time we get into manager trouble there is Moyes being waved around. His latest assignment has been in China managing Shanghai SIPG where he succeeded Andre Villas-Boas and guided that club to its first league title in his first season and has just guided them to a third-place finish. Now, Sky Sports are reporting that Periera is the Everton board's top target to replace Silva who was dismissed this evening after 18 months in charge.