By Richard Parks
Everton are considering Porto boss Sergio Conceicao as potential replacement for Sam Allardyce, according to a report.
The Times claim the Premier League club regard the Portugese 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 hold talks with him “to see if he fits the bill”.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton fans are unlikely to be blown away by their club’s pursuit of Conceicao, especially when their swotting up on him confirms he was the manager who oversaw the 5-0 Champions League last-16 humiliation at Liverpool earlier this year. The 43-year-old is the youthful Continental coach that Moshiri clearly yearns for, and his record at Porto this season, where they 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, is impressive. Porto have certainly been a fast-track to some elite Premier League jobs over the years, and Conceicao has clearly made a big impact after joining from Nantes last summer. But Everton need to really do their homework to discover if he is the real deal. Mourinho mark II, or another Andre Villas Boas, who lacks the man-management skills to get the best out of players?