Sheffield United: Blades boss closes on assistant No 2

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David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, is set to shortly add to his backroom staff, The Star can confirm.

Despite recruiting Adam Owen as ‘Assistant Manager - Performance’ last week, Weir has conceded he wants to bring in another assistant to help him with football matters.

“I think I am relatively close but until it is actually done I would rather leave it at that,” said the former Scotland international. “Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”

The 43-year-old added: “It is not a race to get someone else in; it is about getting the right person.”

As part of their pre-season preparations, Weir’s troops will travel to Scotland next Tuesday. They will play three friendlies, against Greenock Morton on Wednesday, Cowdenbeath a week today and Raith Rovers on July 10 before returning south of the border.

Weir is delighted with the application his squad have shown in the first week of pre-season training.

He said: “They have done really well, worked very hard and have bought into the ideas we have tried to put across across in regards to how we would like them to train, how we would like them to prepare themselves for training and how we would like them to recover. We are putting all the processes in and trying to prepare them for getting on the pitch in the best condition.

“I’ve not seen any signs or picked up any vibes of a hangover from last season; I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far.”