Pereira cools Toffees talk as Ancelotti is linked
Vitor Pereira appears to have ruled himself out of the vacant Everton job but would welcome an approach from a Premier League club in the future.
The Toffees are looking for a new manager after bringing Marco Silva’s 18-month reign to an end after last Wednesday’s bitter 5-2 Merseyside derby defeat at Liverpool.
Pereira, the well-travelled Portuguese boss of Shanghai SIPG, is reported to be a target for Everton but he insists he is committed to his post in China.
“I’m grateful to be considered – this (Everton) is a club that I have so much respect for,” Pereira told Sky Sports News. “But at this point I’m still coach of SIPG and it’s a club close to my heart in a country which is learning a lot in football.
“It means at this moment I’m not in a position to make any other commitments, finding time to think and plan my future, looking at the options that I have.”
When asked about managing a Premier League club in the future, Pereira said he would like to consider an opportunity, but reiterated he is happy where he is for now.
It could be another setback for the Toffees and their hopes of making a quick appointment.
Following the news that Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli late on Tuesday night, reports are rife that Everton are keen to talk to the former Real Madrid and AC Milan coach as soon as possible.
However they would face strong competition from Arsenal, who are also managerless, while there is also a big question mark over whether Ancelotti would consider either position.
There is also still talk of David Moyes returning to the club, while the possibility of Duncan Ferguson remaining in charge until at least the end of the season cannot be ruled out either.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.