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An opportunity to shine

13 June 2013

Chief Executive Julian Winter says he is unconcerned that David Weir has no senior managerial experience.

Winter has made two successful appointments of first-time managers in the past at Watford and is adamant the sixth highest capped Scottish international of all-time will prove to be a hit at Bramall Lane.

Speaking at Weir's unveiling, Winter commented: "I have worked closely with two other first time managers, in Brendan Rodgers and Malky Mackay. People often see inexperienced managers as greater risks, but I don't subscribe to that, every manager needs an opportunity to prove themselves.

"We had some really strong candidates and this is with no disrespect to the people who were interviewed, but we felt David was the ideal person to take this club forward.

"History tells you that every major decision within a football club carries a risk; there is no certainty in a lot of the work we do. We have aimed to minimise the risk and by being patient and methodical we are more confident than if we had rushed into an appointment."

Weir's credentials were emphasised by several highly respected individuals within the game, but it was the words of David Moyes and Walter Smith that were music to the ears of United's Football Club board members.

Winter added: "David's references speak for themselves; you only have to look at some of the names. This is no word of a lie, but everyone in the game has told us this would be a fantastic appointment, let's hope they are right.

"David is a positive guy, he is here to bring success to Sheffield United, not sit back and watch the world pass by. We met him on three occasions and to put it simply, he was outstanding on every occasion."

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