Blades appoint Rangers & Everton Legend
Former Rangers star, Everton FC Reserve Team Coach and sixth most capped Scotland player, David Weir looks set for a tough management baptism at the Blades after turning down the chance to follow David Moyes to Manchester United. That said his contacts, coaching badges, experience and determined winning mentality make him the perfect man for the job.
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Despite the rumours doing the rounds, Sheffield United can go up next season. Yes there will have to be cuts and value for money after a £4.5 million pro-budget failed to deliver last year. Indeed Weir will have to move a few on as a huge amount of the budget is taken up by those offered generous long term contracts. He can certainly lead by example, even at 43, as a player manager after continuing to play for the Toffee’s reserves.
In all seriousness Mr Weir, a defensive colossus in his time, will hit the ground running and knows many of the players. David trained with Danny Wilson’s side before choosing to remain at Everton to complete his badges, after leaving Rangers last January. Mr Moyes respected his decision and will be bound to blood a few of the United youngsters with a man he trusted with his reserve team and player development.
Mr Weir’s additional relationship with Ally McCoist at Rangers and, those Everton connections, will provide a platform for loans. This is by far the most cost-effective way to get the Blades back into the Championship, providing quality and a spine around which to blend the youth and experience currently at the club. The youth set-up has an embarrassment of riches who just need a few leaders to back them in their bid to shine.
Weir only needs to get the momentum going at Sheffield United and some of the loyalist fans in football will do the rest. It will not take that much to bring back belief at Bramhall Lane. Optimism and a decent start could easily put 5,000 on the gate. That equates to £100,000 a game which would soon eat into the overdraft and build a warchest to spring board The Blades advance. For a side with so much potential it just needs the right man to take them from a division that has got beyond a joke.
The City of Sheffield deserves a Steel City derby next season at the very least and a Premiership club or two to represent one of football’s forgotten hotbeds.
|Full name||David Gillespie Weir
|Date of birth||10 May 1970 (age 43)|
|Place of birth||Falkirk,|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
||Evansville University (USA)|
|1996–1999||Heart of Midlothian||116||(12)|
Posted on June 9, 2013, in The League 1 angle, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged David Weir joins Sheffield United, Everton FC, Sheffield United FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.