Sheffield United: Why Weir is made of the right stuff

Julian Winter
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Julian Winter, Sheffield United’s chief executive, has outlined the qualities which convinced Bramall Lane’s hierarchy that David Weir was ready to become their new manager.

Winter, who worked in a similar capacity at Watford before moving to South Yorkshire, described the former Scotland, Rangers and Everton centre-half as the “ideal candidate” in a field of “very strong contenders” for the post Danny Wilson vacated two months ago.

Asked about Weir’s lack of experience, he said: “I’ve worked in the past with two first time managers before in Malky Mackay and Brendan Rodgers.

“The ‘first time’ aspect isn’t important. The important things are skill-set, leadership style and philosophy.

“The key thing for any club is leadership style. Someone who is straight, strong and clear on what they want.

“That’s exactly what David is.

“We were patient and methodical throughout the interview process and that’s why we firmly believe we have got the right man.”

Winter was a member of the three man selection panel charged with identifying Danny Wilson’s successor following the 53-year-old’s departure in April.

Gareth Southgate, Keith Curle, Robert Page and Michael Appleton were among those considered for the role before Weir, previously a member of Goodison Park’s coaching staff, was invited to take charge.

“At the start of the process we worked out a clear profile of what we wanted,” Winter said. “And then broadly who fitted that criteria.

“David was a slightly different candidate but, no disrespect to the others because there were some very strong contenders, David was ideal.

“He was in the academic world before he went into football and that means he’s got different perceptions and a very high level of detail about all of his work.”