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New boss backed to succeed

14 June 2013

David Weir's desire to step into management was endorsed by two highly-regarded people within the game, prior to the Scotsman accepting the offer to become Blades boss.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes and former Rangers chief Walter Smith gave Weir their personal backing to be successful at Bramall Lane, after signing a three-year contract on Monday.

Weir, himself, knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down, having undergone an rigorous interview process to become new Everton manager, a position now occupied by Roberto Martinez.

Speaking at his unveiling in Legends of the Lane, United's new leader remarked: "This is a great opportunity and one I am excited about, this is a great place to start a managerial career and I can't wait to get started.

"I felt I had to apply for the Everton job and stepping into management has been on my mind for a number of years now. I really enjoyed the process and despite not getting the job at Goodison Park, it confirmed to me I was ready to become a manager.

"That was a great experience for me, it made me realise what is required and, mostly importantly, how much I wanted to be successful as a boss."

On the influence of Moyes and Smith and what Weir has learned from the duo he carries the utmost respect for, the Gaffer continued: "I speak to David regularly and we both felt the time had come for me to become a manager in my own right and stand on my own two feet.

"David has been a massive influence on me both as a player and as a coach. As a player I realised how good a coach he was and when I went back as a coach I realised how good a manager David is.

"I was fortunate enough to learn so much off all the staff at Goodison and they are a top bunch of people to work with.

"David and Walter are the two biggest influences on my career. David is excellent on the training ground; he has a fantastic knowledge of the game and an unbelievable work ethic. Walter is a brilliant coach and a fantastic man manager. They are both similar in many respects, but also have many different qualities."

He concluded: "I have had such a fantastic career both as a player and as a coach but I now have to believe I can emulate that as a manager and I am confident I will do.

"I have got belief in my methods, I will back myself and my philosophies, but I will be a fool if I don't use the advice and contacts I have gathered throughout my career.

"I have spoken to both David and Walter recently and they are backing me to be successful."

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