Hello and welcome to the Liverpool ECHO's Friday live blog for the latest Everton news, rumours and transfer gossip.

We will be bringing you all the latest Everton manager news and updates, build up and coverage of Duncan Ferguson's press conference and reaction to the sacking of Marco Silva.

Late last night Vitor Pereira's odds to take over at Goodison Park tumbled and we will be checking out that link, while reports claim Mikel Arteta has ruled himself out of contention.

Everton take on Chelsea at home tomorrow and Ferguson will be in temporary charge of the first team.

The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points as well as keeping an eye on transfer speculation from all over the world.

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The shortlist

Everton reportedly have four names on their shortlist to replace Marco Silva including rumoured target Vitor Pereira.

Vitor Pereira in his days at FC Porto
Vitor Pereira in his days at FC Porto

Sky Sports claim the Shanghai SIPG manager would be willing to hold talks with the Blues, while David Moyes is also named as under consideration.

But what of the other two?

The Daily Mail claims Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez make up the shortlist. We shall see...

How Silva's torturous final day unfolded

Marco Silva’s final day in charge of Everton was bewildering and torturous in equal measure.

At around 7pm, 10 hours after he had arrived at Finch Farm to begin preparing for a game he strongly suspected he wouldn’t be in charge of, the Portuguese coach was finally informed that he was being sacked.

Here is Phil Kirkbride’s must-read story on how it all panned out yesterday.

Vitor Pereira links

Late last night, reports emerged of Vitor Pereira being a possible candidate to take over at Everton as his odds plummeted.

Sky Sports said:

Everton want Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira to replace Marco Silva at Goodison Park, Sky Sports News understands. Pereira is currently managing in China having finished third in the Chinese Super League as manager of Shanghai SIPG.

And the Telegraph reported:

Vitor Pereira has emerged as Everton’s first-choice to become their new manager following the sacking of Marco Silva. The highly-regarded 51-year-old is keen to move to the Premier League and is believed to also be on Arsenal’s radar having previously been considered by Chelsea.

We’ll be taking a look into this one asap...

Morning all

Hello everyone and welcome to Friday’s live blog.

Thursday was quite a day. And today promises more of the same.

We’re all set to build up to Big Dunc’s press conference, check out those Vitor Pereira links and provide more reaction to Marco Silva’s sacking.

Theo Squires will be in the building from 7am.

Meanwhile, take a look at some of our most-read stories yesterday: