By Declan Walsh

24th Jan, 2022 | 4:10pm

Vitor Pereira expected to have Everton interview in UK this week - Sky Sports journalist

Vitor Pereira is expected to jet into the UK this week for an interview with Everton about the managerial vacancy, according to Sky Sports journalist Jo Wilson.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Monday [24 January, 03:23pm], Wilson reported that Pereira, 53, is one of five men being considered to replace Rafa Benitez in the Goodison Park dugout.

It is understood that talks will take place with the former Porto and Fenerbahce manager within a matter of days.

Wilson said: “We expect an interview to take place in the UK later this week with Everton also considering Frank Lampard, Roberto Martinez, Wayne Rooney and Duncan Ferguson.

“Pereira is currently out of work and was also under consideration by Everton in 2013 and then after Marco Silva’s departure in 2019.”

In-depth hunt

Everton look as though they’re leaving no stone unturned in their bid to find Benitez’s successor.

The Telegraph has reported that interviews had been lined up already with Lampard and Rooney while an update by the same newspaper on 20 January said that Fabio Cannavaro has also been spoken to.

It remains to be seen how those talks with Pereira will go but the Portuguese boss is not someone who stands out to Evertonians.

He was sacked by Fenerbahce last month, just six months into his second spell at the Istanbul club.

He’s also had relatively short stints in China and Saudi Arabia, while he has had some success in Europe at Porto and Olympiakos.

Pereira comes across as a journeyman who never seems to last too long in the jobs he gets and that’s why he should be given a wide berth by the Blues’ board.

Farhad Moshiri has got things so wrong during his time in the boardroom at Goodison Park and if he hires Pereira, we fear that it could be his worst appointment yet.

At least when he hired Benitez, he hired a man who’d done well in spells at Liverpool and Newcastle in the Premier League.

In other Everton news, a Blues shareholder has blasted Moshiri on Twitter after seeing a new development in the hiring process.