Angry Everton fans have protested against the expected appointment of Vitor Pereira as the club’s new manager.
The former Porto and Fenerbahce boss and his staff are in England to hold negotiations with the club’s hierarchy and he is set to be handed a six-month contract, according to reports.
But some Everton fans are not happy with appointment and would prefer to see former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard in the dugout instead.
Graffiti proclaiming ‘Pereira out. Lampard in’ was daubed on Goodison Park last night to leave owner Farhad Moshiri in no doubt about their feelings over the appointment.
Moshiri has reportedly refused to take advice from others at the club and Pereira is now set to be announced as the new manager, despite reports insisting the board were going to look elsewhere.
It would be yet another highly controversial appointment by the club after former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
Pereira, who won league titles at Porto, Olympiacos and Shanghai SIPG but was relegated to the third tier of German football with 1860 Munich in 2017, is represented by Kia Joorabchian, a friend of Moshiri and his backer Alisher Usmanov.
It is said that Usmanov and Moshiri are working together to identify the next man in the dugout.
Why are Everton fans unhappy?
With their team winless in the Premier League since the start of December, Everton fans have displayed their frustrations with the board in various ways.
Many stayed behind to protest in the aftermath of the recent defeat to Aston Villa and others continue to protest outside the club’s offices.
Well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano provided an update on his Twitter profile on Tuesday evening, stating Pereira was in England with his staff members awaiting a decision from the club.
After news broke of Pereira’s impending appointment on Tuesday evening, graffiti appeared on Goodison Park stating ‘Pereira out, Lampard in’.
Everton fan groups have condmeed that action, but not neccessarily the sentiment.
Lampard has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea a year ago and had reportedly been interviewed by the chiefs at Everton after Benitez’s sacking.
There were also protests by the Liver Buildings, owned by Moshiri, with banners calling out his appointments and running of the club.
What are the odds looking like?
According to Sky Bet, Pereira is the front runner to take charge at the club at 1/3 - despite Everton supporters alerting the people higher up at the club about their feelings on the appointment.
The manager, who has coached in Portugal, Turkey, China and Germany, is Moshiri’s number one choice and it seems like it’s going to be another knee-jerk appointment. A lesson clearly not learnt from Benitez’s spell.
Below him is Lampard at 3/1, Derby County boss Wayne Rooney 16/1 and Niko Kovac 20/1. Duncan Ferguson, who is currently in interim charge for the second time, is ranked at 22/1 and Rudi Garcia, who was reportedly set to be invited to conduct a presentation, is at 25/1.
Some interesting names on the list are recently sacked Claudio Ranieri (40/1), Michael Carrick (50/1), Alan Pardew (66/1), Quique Sanchez Flores (100/1) and Zinedine Zindane (150/1).
There is also a number of former Everton players with possible odds. Tim Cahill (66/1), Phil Neville (80/1), David Unsworth (100/1) and Leighton Baines (100/1).