Pundit issues verdict on Everton naming new manager this week after Pereira latest
Noel Whelan has urged Everton to appoint a new boss during the Premier League’s winter break.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the two-week respite has come at a “really good time” for the Toffees.
According to the Daily Mirror (25 January), Vitor Pereira is set to become the new manager of Everton after owner Farhad Moshiri overruled the Goodison board on his appointment.
The report claims Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard were considered but ultimately rebuffed.
Whelan suggested an imminent appointment would give ample preparation time ahead of Everton’s next league engagement on 8 February.
He also claimed a new manager could “get the chance” to add new faces ahead of next Monday’s transfer deadline.
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“This break has come at a really good time for Everton, definitely,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Especially after Saturday, there was a bit of ill-feeling in the air with the protests and atmosphere.
“These couple of weeks can be used now to prepare the players for the arrival of a new manager and also for the players to adjust to what he will want from them. They have to do it now.
“Any new manager could also get the chance to add players in potential areas they feel need addressing if they can get someone in before the deadline.
“I think they really needed this break because confidence is so low right now, and they need to rediscover that belief.
“They’ll be working hard under Duncan Ferguson; he’ll be demanding 100% from every player to ready them for the rest of the season.”
Everton sit 16th in the Premier League.
Their next league fixture is against relegation-threatened Newcastle.
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