Following in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas – in Portugal and possibly in England – is current Porto coach Vitor Pereira, who is reportedly on Everton’s radar should David Moyes leave this summer.
With Moyes’ current contract about to end, the third-longest-serving manager in the top flight is refusing to talk about the future until the current campaign is over.
Understandably, Everton owner Bill Kenwright will be considering alternatives should Moyes decide the time is right to move on.
I wrote last month that this summer may be a future-defining one for Everton. In part due to the uncertainty of their manager’s future. But in Pereira they would be getting a man who has learnt at a club that is fast-becoming a finishing-school for the great and the good of football management.
Having worked as Villas-Boas’s assistant in Porto’s treble-winning season of 2011, Pereira took charge the following year, leading them to another league triumph and their now regular place in the Champions League.
This season he is trying to match another of Villas-Boas’s achievements, as his side are currently undefeated in the Primeira Liga – a feat the current Tottenham manager achieved in his final season in Portugal.
Unfortunately for Pereira, Benfica are also undefeated and currently four points above Porto in the table. But that should not take away from what is so far an outstanding achievement. To be one of two invincible teams in a single season doesn’t make you any less so.
With Pereira’s contract also expiring this summer, there will surely be a queue for his services should he decide to leave.
The 44-year-old is one of an increasing group of impressive young managers in European football. And much like Mourinho and Villas-Boas before him, he has learnt the game not through playing it, but by observing.
Pereira played only in regional divisions and retired at the age of 29 to start coaching, but as his countrymen have shown, that is no hindrance to a successful career in management.
For now it is speculation. And when the time comes, Moyes may sign a new contract at Goodison Park. But should he move on, they could benefit from the expertise of the latest Portuguese import; if they act quickly enough.
Who do you think would be the ideal replacement for Moyes should he leave? Or will it not come to that?
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