Alan Stubbs is backing his former Everton colleague David Weir to bring the good times back to Sheffield United.
It was less than a month ago Weir left his reserve-team coaching role at Goodison Park to take up the reins at the League One club.
After two years of play-off heartache, the former Scotland international has been charged with the task of steering United back into the Championship.
Stubbs, a close pal of Weir’s during their playing and coaching careers at Everton, is keeping his fingers crossed the 43-year-old will succeed in his new job.
The Toffees U-21s boss said: “Davey’s target this season will be promotion and the fans there will demand that because it’s a big club in League One and they want to be back in the Championship and then the Premier League.
“It’s not going to be an easy job but it’s a fantastic chance to go and we’ll see what Davey makes of it now.”
Stubbs has confirmed Everton would consider lending some of their youngsters to United to gain first-team experience next season.
“I think it’s something that we will think about because it’s a big club,” Stubbs said.
“Davey knows the young lads who could benefit the club and benefit him and, if that’s the case, and we see if it’s right for the player, then why not?
“It will be a great experience for them, but first and foremost we will look and see if it’s the right move for the player, because that’s what we always do.”
Meanwhile, former United midfielder Glyn Hodges is set to quit his coaching position at Queens Park Rangers and take up a similar role at Stoke City. Hodges started coaching at Barnsley at the end of his 18-year playing career.