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New boss - facts and figures

11 June 2013

David Weir is the fifth Scottish-born manager of the Blades, after the former Everton and Rangers defender was named Danny Wilson's permanent successor on Monday.

Falkirk-born Weir, 43, follows in the footsteps of fellow countrymen John Harris, Billy McEwan, Ian Porterfield and Jimmy Sirrel.

Scotland's sixth most capped international, with 69 caps, Weir becomes United 24th permanent manager since the Club was formed in 1889.

Other internationals who have managed our famous club include Joe Mercer, Martin Peters, Bryan Robson, the late Gary Speed and most recently Wilson.

Weir arrives to take charge at the Lane having previously worked as reserve team manager under David Moyes at Everton last season, after a distinguished playing career.

A commanding centre-half in his playing days, the Scotsman is no stranger to the Blades having trained with the club in January 2012 with the view of signing a short-term contract at the time.

Weir began his professional career with Falkirk, before moving to Hearts after four seasons with the Bairns.

During his time at Tynecastle, the defender won the Scottish Cup in 1998, before skippering Everton for much of his seven-year stay on Merseyside, under two different managers.

Weir then signed for Rangers in 2007 and became club captain, replacing Barry Ferguson in April 2009. Weir won three SPL titles in Glasgow in addition to five domestic cup winners medals.

For the record, Weir made 587 senior club appearances and captained every club he featured for at some point.

Internationally, the new Blades boss won his first cap in 1997 and played in the 1998 World Cup, before retiring in 2002 when Berti Vogts was in charge of the national team. He later returned to the international scene following the appointment of Walter Smith, who he played under at Everton and Rangers.

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