Vitor Pereira in frame for Everton manager job after interview with Goodison Park club to replace sacked Rafa Benitez

VITOR PEREIRA is the latest boss to be interviewed for the Everton vacancy.

The Portuguese is a free agent after being sacked by Turkish side Fenerbahce last month.

Pereira is on a shortlist to replace axed Rafa Benitez that also includes Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and caretaker Duncan Ferguson, although Everton are considering a wide range of candidates.

Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa has heightened fears they will be dragged into a relegation scrap.

But keeper Jordan Pickford is confident the Toffees, who have not been relegated since 1951, will survive.

He said: "The fight, intensity, tempo was there. We showed that graft.

"We showed character and desire. It was just that finishing touch but that will come.

"It's about working hard on the training pitch, and then going out there and expressing yourself with determination and we'll get those results."

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Pereira also has experience managing Porto in his home country, as well as the likes of Olympiacos, 1860 Munich, Al Ahli and Shanghai SIPG.

The 52-year-old spent time as assistant manager at Porto under ex-Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas in 2010/11.

Ferguson is currently in temporary charge of the Toffees after Benitez was given the boot.

He previously had a spell as caretaker boss in December 2019, in between Marco Silva's sacking and the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti.

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