Former Premier League defender appointed Sheffield United manager


Sheffield United have named former Scotland defender David Weir as their new permanent manager.

Weir takes the reigns at Brammall Lane following the departure of Danny Wilson in April after a barren run, where United failed to score for two months at home.

The 43-year-old, who counts Rangers and Everton among his former playing clubs, will be taking his first role in management.

He told the League One side's official website: "My first thoughts about the job are of excitement. I understand how privileged I am to be named manager here.

"I realise what a great opportunity is in front of me now and my message to the supporters is that I will work hard and give everything to be successful at Bramall Lane."

Weir will be looking for a return to the Championship as his first target after the Blades were relegated from that division in 2011.

They reached the League One play-off final in their first season in the third tier of English football but since then have largely disappointed.

The Yorkshire club were also in the Premier League only six seasons ago, but were relegated on the last day of the season in their first campaign in the top flight.

It is Weir's first chance at a managerial role, although he was a coach at Everton where he was recently interviewed for the manager's job

Chris Morgan, who acted as caretaker manager following the departure of Danny Wilson in April, will go back to his original role as coach now Weir will take charge.


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