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David Weir eyes US/Canadian opportunities

by | 12/11/2013  Comments (17)  jump
Long-time Everton stalwart David Weir may be considering managerial or coaching positions in North America after being unceremoniously dumped by Sheffield United after just a few months, his managerial career in England getting off to a rather rocky start.

Weir tells The Scotsman in an article published on Tuesday that "if the right opportunity came up, I'd go tomorrow."

According to the article, Weir has the US connections (he played college soccer at the University of Evansville, Indiana) and the resumé to back up his ambitions. The 43-year-old former Everton and Glasgow Rangers player appeared 69 times for Scotland and recently managed Sheffield United in League One for his first managerial stint.

Things didn't go so well with the Blades. Weir was sacked in October after only a few months following a 12-game winless streak. Now his sights are set on the USA.

"The MLS is expanding and the leagues below have expanded. It's already a really good league and it will get even better," he told The Scotsman. "It has the potential to be one of the best leagues in the world one day."

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Mike Gaynes
822 Posted 12/11/2013 at 18:46:35
Yeah, good luck with that, David. MLS may not be the Valhalla of football, but even in MLS, getting sacked in League One just 13 games into a three-year contract isn't a resume worth a second glance.
Paul Ferry
825 Posted 12/11/2013 at 18:58:26
Hmmm... clutching at straws, don't you think. Is it that bad a state of things that he is contemplating the MLS? — although I suppose he fits the bill: aging ex-Prem player like, for instance, Cahill.

Weir continues; 'It's already a really good league and it will get even better," he told The Scotsman. "It has the potential to be one of the best leagues in the world one day."

Dear Lord, signing Bradley Wright-Phillips was called a coup by the New York Red Bulls. Bradley-fecking-Wright-Phillips.

I have had the misfortune to watch MLS games from time to time and the quality is piss poor for the most part – I'm thinking lower levels of the Championship or top half of League One for the better sides. MLS specializes in snapping up players deep deep into their Prem careers who are clearly about to be offloaded: eg, Keane – venerated at LA; Dempsey at Seattle Sounders – enough said; Cahill and Henry – who for the last couple of years has the sort of protected freedom that Moyes had with us and with the odd great goal now and then looks like 25 per cent of the Henry we once knew.

Breaking News: said Red Bulls deny that they are in talks with aging German striker Klose.

The quality of play is woeful at times and supporters seem to like these headband things and look a bit silly at times. The real hope for the future is continuing immigration from skillful Central American countries, although American minds are not really made up about this. The growth of native youth might change things for the better although the record on home-produced talent is not so good so far though it will surely get better.

But for as long as MLS continues to parade its aging European stars as prize assets – and it's been a while now – my fingers will hit Off rather than On when a game comes on. When or if ever MLS actually attracts a major young(ish) talent from a Euro team who is at the height of his powers and then more follow, that will be worth noting.

The US National team remind me of a sturdy bunch of dogged players with great team-spirit and splashes of real skill, like, erm, Everton in '95. Goalkeepers aside, at this moment in time, there are not many North Americans making big noise in our Prem.

I invite you to watch a stellar game by MLS standards say Red Bulls vs LA Galaxy (nice one naming a team after a bar of chocolate) or the Portland Timbers, and remember that this is as good as it gets.

Lenny Kingman
826 Posted 12/11/2013 at 19:22:13
"and the resumé to back up his ambitions"

How you came up with conclusion I do not know.

I suppose I'm only backing up what the opening commenter said. The MLS may be desperate for credibility but they are no mugs these days.

Mick Davies
836 Posted 12/11/2013 at 20:41:47
"It's already a really good league and it will get even better" . . . With coaches like you Davey?
Darryl Ritchie
871 Posted 13/11/2013 at 05:47:23
Vancouver Whitecaps need a manager. Have a talk with Bobby Lenarduzzi, David, and see if you can work a deal.

If all goes well, then set up a preseason match between the toffees and the 'caps, so I can watch my two teams play each other.

Neil Steele
879 Posted 13/11/2013 at 09:03:11 the opening 4 posts in this thread, what kind of people are you? So he's had a bad start to his managerial career, the man is a modern-day Everton legend, a wonderful professional, as nice a man as you could wish to meet and was a wonderful servant and ambassador for our club, and here you cool bastards are lining up to have a pop at him. Have a day off lads, you're not clever, you're fools.
Lenny Kingman
888 Posted 13/11/2013 at 10:51:30

I think you have solved the mystery of his very early bulletting from Sheff Utd and his unlikely success in the managerial trade to come.

"As nice a man as you could wish to meet" doesn't bode well for his long term success in such a profession.

Oh and by the way if you are "shocked" by the posts above I would also advise you not to go down a similar career path as Weir.

Ross Edwards
894 Posted 13/11/2013 at 11:27:22
Good luck to David. All managers have failed at some time Mike. Even Ferguson was sacked by East Stirling.

Tell me, who is the best coach in the MLS right now?

James Flynn
906 Posted 13/11/2013 at 12:27:58
Ross - Bruce Arena; and by some distance.
Ross Edwards
907 Posted 13/11/2013 at 12:38:25
So James, do you think Weir would do well in the MLS?

Rahman Talib
924 Posted 13/11/2013 at 13:15:32
Weir can do well if he perservered.
Matthew Williams
964 Posted 13/11/2013 at 16:56:47
Let's just count our lucky stars that Kenwright didn't go for the cheap option and appoint Weir as Everton manager!!!
Colin Glassar
966 Posted 13/11/2013 at 16:59:38
I was just thinking the same Matthew. Some people wanted him and Stubbsy to take over. Thank Christ BK showed some better judgement for once.
P.S. Where is billy liar these days? He seems to maintaining a low profile.
James Flynn
980 Posted 13/11/2013 at 16:28:17
Ross - Who's to say until we see him manage a club over here.
Mike Gaynes
003 Posted 13/11/2013 at 19:36:23
Ross (894), Bruce Arena would be the obvious answer to your question, but my personal picks would be Frank Yallop and Sigi Schmid. .

However, my point isn't that MLS coaches are that great... it's just that Weir's "resume" amounts to zero.
And I don't think MLS will be eager to experiment again with an EPL player coming straight in as a manager. Ryan Nelson came right off the field for QPR last year and onto the sidelines at Toronto FC (literally in a matter of days), and Toronto had a disastrous season.

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