Who is David Weir?
David Gillespie Weir is a Scottish manager and former professional footballer.
Born in Falkirk, David played as a centre-half, and began his playing career with his home-town outfit, Falkirk, after having attended the University of Evansville in the United States of America.
After four campaigns with the Bairns, he then moved on to Heart of Midlothian where the defender won the 1998 Scottish Cup.
He signed for Everton the following year and spent seven campaigns with the club, becoming club skipper under two different head coaches.
Weir then switched to Rangers in 2007 on an initial short-term deal after Everton released David from his contract early.
His showings for the Glasgow outfit were enough to secure a one-year deal. A couple of months later, David signed a 12-month extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2008.
He became club captain after legendary Gers manager Barry Ferguson was stripped of the role in the spring of 2009.
In 2011, it was announced that David was to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
The Scot has become the first ever player to be introduced into the Hall of Fame whilst under contract at Ibrox. David called time on his professional career in May 2012.
David won his first cap for his country’s national football team back in 1997 and was selected for their 1998 FIFA World Cup roster.
He netted his one and only goal for Scotland in a World Cup qualifier versus Latvia at Hampden Park in 2001.
Weir retired from international football in 2002, when Berti Vogts was the coach, but returned when Walter Smith took charge two years later.
He became the oldest Scotland player when David played in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying games in 2010.
The central defender finished his international career with 69 caps, which makes him the nation’s seventh-most capped player.
Weir had a brief stint as manager of Sheffield United eight years ago. In spite of winning his first competitive match in charge, a 2–1 victory against Notts County, the Blades struggled under his management.
The club failed to win any of their following twelve games, leading to growing pressure from Sheffield United’s fans for Weir to be sacked.
David has since assisted Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, Rangers and Brentford.
As of April 2019, he was working for Brighton & Hove Albion in a position where he manages youngsters who are loaned out to foreign teams.