Sheffield United: David Weir sacked by Blades

David Weir has left the Blades. Picture: Dan Westwell
David Weir has left the Blades. Picture: Dan Westwell

Sheffield United have sacked manager David Weir after just 124 days in charge following the club’s disappointing start to the Sky Bet League One season.

Weir, who took over at Bramall Lane on June 10 after United failed to win promotion from League One, won just a single league match in charge of the club.

That win, in their 10 league fixtures this term, came on the opening day and the Blades currently sit third from bottom in the table, with just five points.

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The former Scotland international and Everton and Rangers captain left Goodison Park to take over at United on a three-year contract.

His tenure started well with a 2-1 home win over Notts County on August 2 but could pick up only two points from the subsequent nine league games.

And they also went out of two cup competitions to teams from League Two - Burton in the Capital One Cup and Hartlepool in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The decision comes after Weir had been under increasing pressure with the Blades having lost five of their previous six matches.

The 43-year-old had spoken to the media on Friday morning for his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game at Coventry City.

Weir was in charge for 124 days.

Assistant manager Lee Carsley has also left the club.

In a statement the club said overseeing the team on an interim basis for Sunday’s televised fixture against Coventry will be U21 coach Chris Morgan, goalkeeping coach Darren Ward and head of academy coaching Travis Binnion.

The club aims to appoint a new management team on a permanent basis as quickly as possible.

Chief executive Julian Winter said: “First and foremost all at SUFC, from the board right the way through the club, wish David and Lee all the best for the future. None of us wanted to be in this position at this point in the season. David’s appointment was made as part of developing a new phase at the club.

“Chris Morgan has been asked and agreed to take an interim role in charge of Sunday’s team. He knows the players and, with Darren and Travis, will be doing his upmost to get a return to winning ways,” added Mr Winter.

Chris Morgan said: “The club have made me aware of the situation and I am happy to step in and work with the players for the Coventry game.”

The club will be making no further statement until the appointment of a new manager.

Weir replaced Danny Wilson in the summer but endured a baptism of fire in his first management role, losing nine of United’s 13 matches in all competitions.

Saudi Arabian Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad purchased 50 per cent of the club’s share from owner and chairman Kevin McCabe last month and gave Weir his full backing.

But the club’s fans have consistently expressed their concern at such a poor start to their third season in the third tier, which has seen the Blades lose five of their last six games.

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