By Richard Parks
Everton are reportedly keen to hold talks with Porto boss Sergio Conceicao as they step up plans to replace Sam Allardyce – and fans have delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter.
The Times claim the Premier League club regard the Portugese, 43, as a leading candidate to succeed Allardyce, who is unpopular with supporters and could be dismissed at the end of the season.
It is said that Everton would comfortably be able to double Conceicao’s £1.7million salary and pay the release clause on the year that remains on his contract, while majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is keen to open discussions with him “to see if he fits the bill”.
Conceicao is coming to the end of his first year at Porto, where he has steered them to their first league title since 2013 and the team are on course to break a club points record held by José Mourinho and a goals record held by Sir Bobby Robson with the final round of fixtures this weekend.
The former winger is in charge of his sixth club since his playing days, with five of them in his native Portugal and the sixth in France, where he managed Nantes last season.
Everton supporters have seen a number of managers linked to Allardyce’s job in recent months and have shared differing opinions on Conceicao, with one hailing him as a “great and progressive signing” and another raging “please, no”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Can’t see it, we’ve got eyes on Fonseca and Silva. Anyway, didn’t his Porto team get bummed by the shite in the CL?! We’re looking for a manager to stop that for us, not carry it on….
— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) May 9, 2018
Would be a great and progressive signing. Has a great record in Portugal in difficult circumstances. Great in the Champions League despite the Liverpool result
— Ryan O’Hanlon (@RyanOHanlon1) May 9, 2018
Is there any manager that we’re NOT interested in? Apart from the obvious ????
— Jackie (@jazzyjjo89) May 9, 2018
— Jorge•inho (@JorgeAbrev) May 9, 2018
Going to need a bigger dugout. Not to fit Sam in but all 45 managers we are about to appoint.
— Robbie Leatherbarrow (@rwl140172) May 9, 2018
You said you would be there every year. Cool story Bob. But we have 2 Champions League, how many does Everton have? ????????
— Domingos Costa (@DCosta_9) May 9, 2018