By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2022 | 4:43pm

Vitor Pereira gives unexpected interview on Everton job

Vitor Pereira has shared what he was told by Everton following talks on him replacing Rafael Benitez, telling Sky Sports it is “the time for decisions”.

The ex-Porto boss said that he has had a number of conversations with figures at the club that went positively and thinks he has a good chance of getting the job.

Speaking via phone live on Sky Sports News on Wednesday the Portuguese manager said, via Fabrizio Romano: “Everton have other candidates and this is the time for decisions.

“I understand this is the time for decisions. They have told me to wait for the decision and be calm. They are grateful for interviews and that was all”.

Crunch time

It looks like the point where the Toffees finally name their new manager is now approaching, as Pereira and Frank Lampard appear to be emerging as the top two options.

The Independent reported earlier today that the ex-Chelsa boss had become the leading candidate so perhaps the interview given to Sky Sports this afternoon by his rival for the job was an attempt to put himself back at the front of people’s minds.

There had been speculation that Pereira was put off taken the job at Goodison due to the unrest among the fans over his potential appointment, but apparently he is still interested in the job.

He would be excused for being reticent to try to manage in a situation without support from the crowd, as he has just seen what happened to the doomed reign of his prospective predecessor.

Benitez was thoroughly unpopular due to his links to Liverpool and the unhappiness at his appointment ultimately proved to be right as the club has been heading towards the bottom of the league, with poor results and internal unrest at the club leading to the exit of some notable figures.

The former manager seemed to be backed by owner Farhad Moshiri to the point where Director of Football felt he had to leave citing differences in direction, and a falling out between the manager and French international Lucas Digne saw the player sold to Aston Villa.

The ex-Fenerbahce boss looks to be unperturbed however and is making his play to be handed the job.

In other Everton news, this Toffee has headed for a medical ahead of a move out of the club.