Date of birth: 26 July 1968
Coaching career: AD Sanjoanense, SC Espinho, CD Santa Clara, FC Porto
• An amateur player in his teens with hometown club Espinho, UD Oliveirense, AA Avanca and Fiães SC, Pereira took a degree in physical education before starting his coaching career as Porto Under-15 trainer in 2003.
• In 2004/05 he embraced his first challenge in senior football at the helm of Sanjoanense, then returned home to Espinho the following season.
• Regarded as a methodical, tactical expert he spent two years in the Azores with second-tier side Santa Clara, guiding them to third and fourth place in 2008/09 and 2009/10 respectively.
• Despite interest from Liga clubs he accepted the invitation to become André Villas-Boas's assistant at Porto in 2010/11 as the Dragons won a quadruple of Liga, Portuguese Cup, Portuguese Super Cup and UEFA Europa League.
• Within 24 hours of Villas-Boas stepping down to take the Chelsea FC post in June 2011, Pereira was installed as his replacement on a two-year contract and led the Dragons to the Liga title in his first season.
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