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Weir named Blades boss

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15:45 10th June 2013

Sheffield United FC is delighted to announce the appointment of David Weir as new manager.


The 43-year-old Scot has signed a three-year contract and will begin work immediately with the primary aim of securing promotion from League One.


After an illustrious playing career which has included lengthy spells with Everton and Glasgow Rangers, plus 69 caps for Scotland, Weir has recently built a glowing reputation as a coach at Premier League Everton.


On his new role, Weir said: "My first thoughts about the job are of excitement, I understand how privileged I am to be named manager of a fantastic football club like Sheffield United.


"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.


"I honestly can't wait to get started and get a real feel for the club, then obviously I am eager to get organised for when the players return for pre-season training later this month."


Julian Winter, United's Chief Executive, commented: "We are thrilled to appoint David and the three-year contract emphasises the fact that he will assist in a change in club culture. I have stated before that the club needs to act differently and David is young, has a great pedigree and will bring a new vision and leadership to the club.


"The process of appointing a new manager has taken slightly longer than we envisaged but by taking our time we believe we have the attracted the right man to take Sheffield United forward."


David Green, United's Football Club Chairman, added: "It is sincerely hoped that the appointment of David will re-invigorate the club, including the supporters, and he can be assured that he has the full backing of the Board.


"We have had the opportunity to rejuvenate Bramall Lane and believe David was the best of the candidates to take us forward in a positive manner."


Chris Morgan, who acted as caretaker manager following the departure of Danny Wilson in April, will revert to his original role as coach.


* New Blades boss David Weir is scheduled to the meet the media on Tuesday.