Shanghai SIPG FC manager Vitor Pereira has told Sky Sports that he does not plan to become the new Everton manager.
According to Sky Sports, Everton want to appoint Pereira as their new manager following the departure of Marco Silva from Goodison Park following the defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.
The report has claimed that the 51-year-old is the leading candidate for the Everton managerial role.
It has also been stated that the Portuguese had been in discussions with Everton over the past seven days.
However, Pereira has said that he is committed to Shanghai SIPG FC at the moment and does not plan to swap clubs.
Pereira told Sky Sports: “It’s always an honour and I am utterly grateful to be considered on a list by a club that I have so much respect for. At this point, I am still the coach of SIPG a club close to my heart in a country that is growing immensely in football.
“Currently I am not in a position to make any other commitments. I cannot decide now, I need time to think and plan my future by looking at all the options I have. It’s a league I love and yes for sure I would love to consider an opportunity in the future.”
Remaining managerial candidates
Pereira withdrawing his name from the Everton managerial race means that the Toffees are now left with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, ex-Blues, West Ham United and Manchester United manager David Moyes, and Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti, according to Sky Sports.