Everton ‘conducting interviews’ on Friday – Lampard, Pereira ‘still in frame’

According to reports, Everton will ‘conduct interviews’ on Friday with Frank Lampard, Vitor Pereira and ‘other names under consideration’.

Lampard and Pereira have both already been interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at Everton.

The Toffees are searching for Rafael Benitez’s replacement. He was sacked earlier this month after a poor run of results saw them drop down to 16th in the Premier League.

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The Athletic are reporting that they ‘will conduct their latest round of interviews on Friday’. Farhad Moshiri is said to be travelling back to England so he can be present for the interviews.

The report adds that Lampard and Pereira are ‘still in the frame’, but ‘other names are under consideration’ for the role.

Everton aim to appoint Benitez’s replacement ‘before the transfer window shuts’.

Elsewhere, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is unsure whether Lampard is the right appointment for Everton:

“Their objection is steeped in emotivity. It’s sentiment over fact,” Jordan told talkSPORT (via the Liverpool Echo).

“They don’t know that Vitor Pereira is not a good manager. And they damn well don’t know whether Frank Lampard is capable of achieving what Everton need.

“Frank Lampard has managed Chelsea, took them to fourth in the league when the previous season they were third, got them onto a run of games that looked decent, got fired and has done nothing since.

“He’s never managed a team that’s at the bottom of the league, he has never managed in real adversity. He has only managed in the comfort zone of having Derby, who were ambitious at the time, and being an elite footballer going into a very well-financed football club.

“He will be going in to a unique environment [at Everton], where the attitude towards the owners is extremely poor, with a group of players that are not good enough in certain respects.

“It is a really big risk on all fronts and Moshiri has got to own it. Get out in front of it and fill the vacuum, that is there right now, with information from him.”

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