New Sheffield United manager David Weir has revealed that his recent interview for the manager’s job at Everton confirmed to himself that he was ready to take the step into management.
The former Blues defender had been working with the Club's Under-21s after retiring from the game in 2012 but - after interviws with internal and external candidates - it was eventually Roberto Martinez who took over the hot seat at Goodison Park.
"Having gone through the interview process for the job at Everton, my instinct told me I was ready to stand on my own two feet as a manager in my own right," declared Weir.
“I enjoyed the experience; it was a great experience and I’ve nothing but complimentary things to say about Bill Kenwright and Everton Football Club. That process and my experience before that was a great experience for me. If anything, it just confirmed to me that I was ready to be a manager and wanted to be a manager.
“Obviously I didn’t get the job as it went to Roberto Martinez and deservedly so. I wish him every success in that job because it is a fantastic football club. It was a great process for me and a great learning curve and like I said, it confirmed everything I wanted to know.”
Weir has also revealed that he will be looking to emulate the job David Moyes did at Everton prior to taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The former defender spent five years under Moyes as a player before also serving under him as coach.
“It gives me confidence as a coach to see how he works and how hard he works and now he moves on to maybe the best club in the world," continued the Scot.
“That gives me confidence. It shows that by doing the right things, working hard and by doing the work on the training pitch you have a good chance of being successful.
"I have a real belief in my own ability and methods, although obviously I can draw on a lot of positive experiences from the two managers I have worked with in my club career.”