The club took the decision to fire Silva on Thursday evening after Wednesday’s nightmare at Anfield left the Blues inside the bottom three of the Premier League table, with 14 points taken from the 15 games played.
Club chiefs have now drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential candidates who can replace Silva on a permanent basis, with Pereira joined by David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez.
Pereira had been linked with the Blues head coach position when Moyes left Goodison Park for Manchester United in 2013, but the board instead decided on Roberto Martinez.
Sky Sports understand Pereira would be willing to consider a move to Goodison Park this time around, having ended the recent Chinese Super League season third in the standings.
The 51-year-old is one of the world’s most highly paid head coaches, with Pereira earning a guaranteed £30million-per-year with Shanghai SIPG, where he has been at the helm since December 2017.
Prior to his move to the Far East, Pereira oversaw 20 games in charge of 1860 Munich, 61 matches with Fenerbahce, 27 with Olympiacos, 33 with Saudi side Al-Ahli Jeddah, and 92 with FC Porto.
He held a career-best points-per-game average during his spell in charge of Porto – where he originally served as Andre Villas-Boas’ assistant – taking 2.26ppg. The Espinho, Portugal-born head coach also took a 2.22ppg average with Olympiacos and is on a 2.10ppg average with Shanghai SIPG.
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Pereira’s favoured formation is the attacking variation of the 4-3-3 shape, and has taken two Liga NOS titles, one Greek Super League, and one Chinese Super League titles throughout his career in the dugout.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the latest links between the club and Pereira…
— colin mckillen (@CMckillen) December 6, 2019
He earns 30m in the Super League , what is our logic ??? High wage must mean he is excellent . Are we now just looking at a list of former targets only .
— Torukafka (@RobertQuinn82) December 6, 2019
Hoping this is a wind up
— bluebacon (@bluebacon11) December 5, 2019
Look at this guys record. Another Marco Silva ? 6 clubs in 7 years. This better not be true
— Chris Masey (@MaseyChris) December 6, 2019
Another Portuguese manager with dubious credentials 🙄
— Joanna Mc (@mc_joannamarie) December 5, 2019
I wanted this guy when we took Silva on. We can’t get a Poch, Simeone, Benitez or Anchelotti so he’s the best of the possibles still for me.
— Fidgell (@IamFidgell) December 5, 2019
No thank you. This would be very underwhelming in my opinion. Not saying he’s horrendous but not for me
— Aubs (@EFCAubs1985) December 5, 2019
I really don’t think we’ve learnt any lessons from previous appointments
— Stephen Davies (@Stephen16910810) December 6, 2019
I hope the news is not true. Pereira managed Fenerbahçe a few years ago. They had the best squad in the league (RvP, Nani, Meireles, Kjaer etc.) but he failed at Fener. My opinion, we need a proven winner manager like Rafa Benitez.
— Görkem (@TheSpeciaIOne_) December 5, 2019
In other Everton news, fans have been reacting after a currently unemployed head coach admitted to being keen on replacing Silva.