David Weir is going to have an almighty task on his hands as he seeks to halt a series of disappointments that have haunted his new club Sheffield United.
Not only will he inherit a club with great expectations in League one but he will inherit a club that has been deeply scarred by consecutive promotion failures.
Weir will be taking over a club shrouded in disappointment which could play heavily on the minds of his players but at least Weir will not be affected by these failures.
Even with the David Weir appointment Sheffield United supporters are still sceptical about their prospects for the new season. The fans can almost predict what will happen during the season.
I suspect they will be one of the pace setters in the first half of the season and then their season will tail off during the second half of the season and at best be defeated in the end of season play-offs. Seven play-off final defeats is enough to make any supporter negative about their chances.
Some supporters are also negative about the appointment of Weir himself. He is embarking on his first managerial job so supporters will have wanted a proven manager who has a history of achieving promotions.
The former Everton, Rangers and Scotland defender has been learning the managerial trade under the guidance of David Moyes and could easily have followed his boss to Everton but he has decided to make the huge step into management himself. He should be commended for this but he must be fully aware that escaping from League One will not be easy.
They will face competition from many clubs and they will be seen as one of the biggest attractions in the league – a tag which attracts opposition players to up their game. With Wolves falling into League One United will no longer be the biggest club in the division and this may well be a blessing as it will shift some of the pressure.
United are not blessed with huge finances so they cannot buy their way out of the division and Weir will need to start at the deep end trying to loan in players and wheel and deal in a very competitive market. He will also need to bring on some of the many impressive youngsters at the club and take a chance on them.
Whatever happens next season United and David Weir will want to achieve promotion via the automatic places and will not want to endure the lottery of the play-offs again. Weir’s appointment is a risk for the club and a brave step for him to make.
Football management is a very unforgiving world and Sheffield United will not be the easiest club to manage given their recent history and the general negativity around the club. Weir will not find it easy.
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