Sheffield United manager David Weir has revealed former Everton chief David Moyes endorsed his decision to take charge at Bramall Lane.
Weir made the admission after being officially unveiled as Danny Wilson’s successor yesterday having signed a three year contract with the South Yorkshire club.
The Scot, who served as a member of his compatriot’s backroom staff before opting to leave Goodison Park, said: “When I mentioned to him (Moyes) about what I was thinking of doing and where I was going he was 100 per cent behind me.
“He was totally supportive and really enthusiastic about Sheffield United.
“He was really encouraging and totally recommended that I went for it and grabbed the chance.”
Weir, aged 43, had been tipped to follow Moyes to Manchester United earlier this summer before electing to become a manager in his own right.
Everton owner Bill Kenwright viewed Weir as a potential replacement for Moyes before appointing Roberto Martinez.
Describing his talks with the theatre impresario as a “eureka moment,” Weir said: “That’s when I decided I was ready to step out in my own right. At the end of that process, that’s when I knew I was ready and that this was what I wanted to do.
“I came out knowing that I wanted to do this job.”
“Instinct told me this was the right time and, just as importantly, the right club,” Weir added. “I’m happy, very happy in fact, and I can’t wait to get started and get on with things.”