Sheffield United: Weir all in this together says David

Sheffield United manager David Weir
Sheffield United manager David Weir
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Sheffield United manager David Weir will use the transfer market to bring “different skills sets” to Bramall Lane.

But in his first interview since taking charge of the League One club, the former Scotland international confirmed he wants to assess the options already at his disposal before formulating a concrete recruitment policy.

Weir said: “The people I bring in must be the right people. They must complement our team and also possess different skills sets to the ones we already have here.

“I’m aware of the time constraints. And also the monetary ones too.

“But it’s also important to bring the best out of the players we have already got. So before anything is set in stone, I want to work with the boys in the squad.

“Bring them into our way of thinking. Outline what we are trying to do.”

“We’ve got good players here,” Weir, who spent a month training with United two seasons ago, added. “We want them to reach their potential and hopefully improve even more.”

Increasing his attacking weaponry is the priority item on Weir’s agenda with Scunthorpe yesterday announcing United are monitoring Mark Duffy’s situation at Glanford Park.

As The Star first revealed last term, the 27-year-old winger enjoys plenty of admirers behind the scenes at Bramall Lane and was known to have been disappointed when a proposed move to United failed to materialise in January.

Weir, who was unveiled as Danny Wilson’s successor earlier this month, yesterday acknowledged talks with prospective members of his backroom staff have now reached an advanced stage.

He also reiterated he is “looking forward” to working with Chris Morgan who was appointed on a caretaker basis when United dispensed with Wilson’s services en route to the play-off semi-finals.

United return to training next week ahead of their curtain-raiser with Notts County on August 3.

They travel to Brentford on the second weekend of the new campaign before facing Colchester United, Bradford City and MK Dons ahead of September’s South Yorkshire derby with Rotherham United.

Other stand-out fixtures include trips to Wolverhampton Wanderers (September 28) and Bristol City (November 23) while United host their neighbours from New York Stadium on March 8. All dates, however, are subject to change.

“We play everyone twice,” Weir said. “So, in that regard, the only thing I’m really concerned about is making sure we are properly prepared for each match.

“We’ll do our homework on the opposition and always pay them the respect they deserve and warrant.

“But the focus here will always be on us. Trying to make sure we fulfil our potential and achieve the standards to which we aspire. It’s a long season and the games come thick and fast at this level,” added Weir. “That’s something we must be ready to cope with and thrive on.

“I’m genuinely excited about getting going now. I’m looking forward to working hard and working together.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1