Everton eye Vitor Pereira and Carlo Ancelotti as possible Marco Silva replacements

Carlo Ancelotti

Everton identify Vitor Pereira and Carlo Ancelotti as top targets to replace Marco Silva as manager.

Marco Silva was seemingly staring down the barrel at Everton in recent weeks and a huge 5-2 loss to rivals Liverpool forced the club to pull the trigger.

The board are reported to have felt there was no other option after the club found itself in the relegation places.

Now the search for their next manager is underway and the Toffees are understood to have identified two main targets.

First is Shanghai SIPG coach Vitor Pereira, according to the Daily Mail, who was interviewed for the role after David Moyes left for Manchester United in 2013.

Pereira was reported to have impressed the Everton board with his knowledge of the game, but he lost out to Roberto Martinez in the end.

The Portuguese manager has won titles in his homeland with Porto, as well as Turkey with Fenerbahce, and now China as well.

He is believed to be one of the highest-paid coaches in world football, earning an estimated £30m per-year in Shanghai.

Another name reportedly in contention for the Goodison hot-seat is Italian veteran coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Daily Mail's North West reporter Dominic King tweeted saying Ancelotti has joined Pereira and ex-boss Moyes in the mix.

Ancelotti's position at Napoli is believed to be under severe pressure and he may become a free-agent before long.

The 60-year-old has won numerous titles in Italy, Spain and England - plus three Champions Leagues.

A potential stumbling block for Everton with regard to Ancelotti is that Arsenal are also interested in him filling their vacant head coach position.

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