Frank Lampard set for second Everton interview after Vitor Pereira's Sky Sports outburst

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Frank Lampard set for second Everton interview after Vitor Pereira's Sky Sports outburst
© Eddie Keogh /NMC Pool Frank Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea. – Eddie Keogh /NMC Pool

Frank Lampard is set to be interviewed for a second time by Everton on Thursday, in another twist to the Merseyside club’s managerial search.

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Lampard will hold talks with the Everton hierarchy later on Thursday and remains under serious consideration to land the job at Goodison Park.

Everton have also spoken to former Porto and Olympiacos manager Vitor Pereira, in a move which has infuriated some of the club’s supporters, but Lampard is firmly in the frame.

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Lampard has been out of management for just over a year following his dismissal by Chelsea and is keen to make a return to the Premier League.

The former England international has also held talks with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Norwich since his departure from Chelsea, and Everton held their first interview with him last week.

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Earlier this week there was graffiti seen at Goodison Park which appeared to back Lampard’s appointment, with the words ‘Pereira Out, Lampard In’.

Everton are looking for a new manager after sacking Rafa Benitez earlier this month following a dismal run of results and poor performances.

Farhad Moshiri, the Everton owner, has come under severe scrutiny during the appointment process and will hold further talks with Lampard on Thursday afternoon.

Frank Lampard set for second Everton interview after Vitor Pereira's Sky Sports outburst
© Provided by The Telegraph Everton sustain another injury blow with Doucoure out for a month

Pereira presented his CV and effectively recited his Everton job interview on Sky Sports News in an attempt to warm the affections of a hostile fanbase. The instant reaction to the unprecedented bid for such a sought after Premier League post, certainly if social media is used as an accurate measure, suggests it backfired horribly.

“I understand the feeling of the supporters because in the last years the club did not get good results and it is normal that they are not happy,” said Pereira.

“But I came here with spirit and intention to bring again good football and the spirit of the supporters. This is my target.”

At times, it sounded like Pereira was reading from a prepared script, especially when suggesting he wanted to recreate ‘the time of (Leighton) Baines, (Phil) Jagielka and (Tim) Howard’.

“I remember Goodison Park as a fortress and that is what appeals to me,” said Pereira.

Amid the carnage, Pereira insisted he has not been persuaded to withdraw his application.

“I did my work as a professional and now it’s the club’s decision. I came for a meeting. I did my work. And now the decision is not controlled by me,” he said.

“I think they were enthusiastic about what I proposed to them. We need to give confidence to the team. I felt in the meeting they were very positive.

“They have other candidates and this is the time for decisions. We wait for the decision.

“I will move forward with my life and if they want me they must call me. That’s all.”

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