He can count on advice from some of the most accomplished names in the business but David Weir, Sheffield United’s new manager, is determined to plough his own furrow at Bramall Lane.
Weir, the former Scotland, Glasgow Rangers and Everton centre-half, cited David Moyes and Walter Smith as “two of my biggest influences” after being officially unveiled as Danny Wilson’s successor yesterday.
However, in a frank and forthright address to the media, United’s commander-in-chief also described his own personal footballing philosophy and ideas about how the game should be played.
Pragmatism blended with panache.
“I’ve got my own views about how I want us to go about things,” Weir said. “I like exciting football and you’ve got to try and go about your work with style these days.
“But you’ve also got to have hard work, organisation and good values.
“Those are qualities which are part of the history of this club. It’s what it was built on and that’s what people want to see.
“They demand it and quite rightly so.”
Weir, who started his career at Falkirk before arriving at Ibrox via Heart of Midlothian and Goodison Park, has spent the past 16 months polishing his coaching skills as a member of Everton’s backroom staff.
Admitting he spoke to Moyes, now of Manchester United, before moving to South Yorkshire, the 43-year-old said: “David is a fantastic manager and also a fantastic coach.
“The same goes for Walter who I worked for at both domestic and international level. He is also a terrific man manager and someone who instils in you a real will to win.
“He teaches you how to achieve that, if you know what I mean, and also the fact that nothing else is good enough.
“I’m fortunate in that I’ve got some great people I can call upon and I’d be foolish not to draw upon their experiences and help.
“But, at the same time, I want to be my own man. That’s very important.”
Having tasted life in academia before progressing through the ranks at Brockville Park, it came as no surprise to hear Weir, who completed a scholarship at Evansville University, Indiana, insist that attention to detail will be the foundation of his regime.
“First and foremost, I want to take a good look at the players that are already here.
“That’s important and so is creating a pathway for the youngsters who are coming through.
“Then, on top of that, I also want to try and bring good players here from elsewhere.
“I like to think that I’ve got a good reputation within the sport and that people would trust me to look after their players.
“If it’s a transfer or a loan, I’m not adverse to either. So long as it’s right for this club.”
Weir takes charge of a squad still smarting from its defeat in last season’s League One play-off semi-finals.
Chris Morgan, appointed on a temporary basis following Wilson’s departure two months ago, will remain on staff while talks with other additions to Weir’s managerial team are already underway.
“I want to be successful,” he said. “And in the short-term, however you dress it up, that means winning promotion.”