David Weir turned down an invitation to remain with Everton in order to take charge of Sheffield United.
The Star understands that Weir, who yesterday signed a three year contract at Bramall Lane, was offered a position on Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff following the Spaniard’s arrival at Goodison Park earlier this month.
But Weir is believed to have informed Martinez that he wished to become a manager in his own right after holding talks with United’s hierarchy last week.
Former Scotland chiefs Walter Smith and Craig Brown are among those to endorse the former international defender’s appointment while David Moyes, who worked with Weir on Merseyside before joining Manchester United, has also championed his compatriot’s credentials.
“My first thoughts about the job are of excitement and I understand how privileged I am to be named manager of a fantastic football club like Sheffield United,” Weir said.
“I realise what a great opportunity is in front of me now and my message to the supporters is that I will work hard and give everything that I can to be successful at Bramall Lane.
“I honestly can’t wait to get started and get a real feel for the club.
“Then obviously I am eager to get organised for when the players return for pre-season training later this month.”
Weir’s predecessor Danny Wilson spent 23 months in the role before parting company with United in April.
Chris Morgan, who replaced Wilson on a temporary basis en route to the League One play-off semi-finals, will stay with the club in a coaching capacity.
David Green, chairman of United’s football board, said: “It is sincerely hoped that the appointment of David will reinvigorate the club, including the supporters, and he can be assured that he has the full backing of the board.
“We have had the opportunity to rejuvenate Bramall Lane and believe David was the best of the candidates to take us forward in a positive manner.”
Although Motherwell’s Stuart McCall, Gareth Southgate, Robert Page, Keith Curle, John Hughes and Morgan all impressed after being interviewed for the role, United’s chief executive Julian Winter insisted Weir is “the right man” to take them forward.
“The (length of) contract emphasises that he will assist in a change of club culture,” Winter said. “I have stated before that we need to act differently and David has a great pedigree.”