By Adefunmiloye Alani

26th Jan, 2022 | 3:40pm

Lampard emerging as favourite for Everton job with Pereira ready to pull out after backlash

Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale is pushing Frank Lampard’s claims at boardroom level, and the 43-year-old is now emerging as lead contender, according to the Daily Mail.

Vitor Pereira is giving serious consideration to pulling out of the running for the job following the supporter’s backlash against his potential appointment.

The Toffees fans graffitied the stadium and held up banners outside club offices on Tuesday after the Portuguese flew into England for a second round of talks.

Pereira has told Sportsmail today (Wednesday, 26 January) that he is sad at the protests from fans against his appointment given people are judging him without knowing him.

Should he withdraw from talks, that will open the door to Lampard being appointed, and the former Chelsea boss has strong support from sections of the Everton board.

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The Blues faithful did not get their wish in the summer, with Farhad Moshiri going ahead with Rafa Benitez’s appointment despite the backlash from them.

However, it appears that they will be getting their wish this time around, with Pereira considering walking away.

Having seen how the fans treated the Spaniard once things went south, the Portuguese will be keen to go to only where he is welcome.

While the minority of Tuesday protesters does not necessarily represent the opinion of the majority, the common theme is that fans do not trust Moshiri to get this decision right.

They appear to favour Barrett-Baxendale’s candidate, and Lampard could prove to be the wise choice.

Pep Guardiola dubbed the former midfielder “extraordinary” in June 2020, and should he get the needed support on Merseyside, he could go on to become a top manager and get Everton back to the top again.

Their sixth appointment in six years in the dugout will be a gamble regardless of whichever manager gets the job, and fans will have their fears.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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