Everton manager candidate Vitor Pereira admits he is hurt by fan opposition to his potential appointment, but that has not deterred him from wanting the job.
The club’s search for a seventh permanent boss in six years took a strange turn when the Portuguese, who has become owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred choice, appeared on live television to discuss his credentials.
Pereira has already had two interviews with Moshiri, but said he did not know what the outcome was and “it was the club’s decision.”
Reports that the former Porto and Fenerbahce manager was inching closer to replacing Rafael Benítez, whose appointment as former Liverpool manager sparked even greater discontent, led to the message “Pereira out, Lampard in” painted on a wall at Goodison Park. , a reference. former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has also been on the interview list.
Asked if the graffiti hurt him, he told Sky Sports News: “Of course. This is the first time in my career that I see this kind of thing, I have never had these comments about me.
“I believe that these criticisms are not directed at me. It is the atmosphere now that the club is not in a good position and the fans are passionate, and this passion is the power of the club.
“They do not know me, my work or me as a person or my CV. I don’t take it as a personal attack. I work in many countries, different clubs, at different levels, and we got several titles, but before you start working you don’t know the person and you can’t judge.
“But I understand the feeling of the fans because, in recent years, the club has not had good results and it is normal that they are not happy”.
While it is true, the fans are unhappy with the running of the club, which is undergoing a strategic review as it currently has no manager, director of football, head of recruiting or head of scouting, and Pereira’s promotion as the solution to your descent. The battle has not been well received.
On Monday night, several supporters gathered outside the Liver Building, where Everton’s business offices are located in the city, and another protest was planned for Tuesday night at the Dixie Dean statue outside Goodison Park. .
Fans were to voice their objections to Pereira, agent Kia Joorabchian, who was supposed to be advising Moshiri, and longtime chairman Bill Kenwright’s continued stay.
However, the turmoil at the club has not deterred Pereira, who added: “This is something I cannot control.”
Pereira, who won back-to-back titles with Porto and a championship in Greece with Olympiacos but was also relegated with 1860 Munich, continued: “What I want to tell you is that throughout my career I work under pressure, I worked at clubs where we can’t tie a game
“For a coach, pressure must be the source to be at the best level. The pressure on the decision is something that I cannot control.
“What I felt in the meetings was that they were very positive with the interviews. I think they were excited about what I proposed.
“I did my job and now the decision is not controlled by me. They have other candidates and this is a moment of decisions. I just wait for the decision, be calm. I’m going to get on with my life and if you want me you should call me.
“Otherwise, it’s ‘Thank you very much and it was a pleasure being here.'”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.