Benfica manager Rui Vitoria has emerged in shock contention to be the next Everton manager, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the 47-year-old is keen on a move to England and now the managerless Toffees have started to keep tabs on his situation at the Estadio da Luz.
It is understood that Vitoria is a “surprising” candidate in the Everton manager search, which has now lasted five weeks since Ronald Koeman was sacked by the board in October.
The Dutchman was axed after a terrible start to the season, which has shown little improvement under caretaker manager David Unsworth with him overseeing just one win in seven games.
The Mirror now claims that Everton are desperate to find a new manager and have set their sights on Vitoria, who has become widely seen as a transfer expert at Benfica.
In two years, the Portuguese manager has generated a whopping £270million in player sales and was still able to guide the Lisbon giants to the league title last season – his second in a row – as well as the Portuguese Cup.
Nelson Semedo, Ederson, Victor Lindlof and Renato Sanches are some of the star names Vitoria has flogged at Benfica while still being able to maintain a high standard of quality in the first-team.
Football Insider Verdict
Vitoria looks like a decent manager who can get the best out of a squad that has seen much change over his two years in charge. Everton underwent a similar change in the summer but have since been unable to come up with any results despite adding considerable strength in depth. Vitoria has been able to plug the gaps that emerged in his squad and has still led his side to consecutive league titles, breaking Porto’s stranglehold on Portuguese football. It may seem a bit of a left-field swoop for Everton at this stage though as at the moment they definitely need someone who understands the Premier League and has the ability to strike some passion into the players. It’s doubtful Vitoria would be able to do that. He’s the sort of manager you go after in the summer, not mid-season.