David Weir has wished Sheffield United all the best following his brief encounter with Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
And the former Scotland international, whose four month reign abruptly ended last week, insisted the experience will serve to make him a better manager.
Reflecting on United’s decision to dispense with his services after only 13 games of the season, Weir told The Star: “I met some great people during my time there and genuinely wish them every success in the future. I hope they get to where they want to be.
“I don’t have any regrets. Well, obviously I wish things had worked out better but I don’t have any about taking the job. None at all.
“That’s because I can walk away knowing I gave it my best shot, knowing I gave everything I could to try and make it work and put the hours in to try and make it happen.
“There were things we had put in place behind the scenes and areas we were working on that went really well and were moving forward. All of the players seemed to have bought into what we were trying to do and that was really good to see and appreciated.
“I’ll never criticise them. That’s not going to happen because it wouldn’t be right or a true reflection of the situation. They really bought into what we were trying to do and I thank them for that.”
Weir, who served his coaching apprenticeship at Goodison Park before taking charge of United in June, admitted he had “perhaps been a touch naive” about “certain aspects” of his first managerial positing.
But the 43-year-old, who turned professional with Falkirk in 1992 before going on to represent Heart of Midlothian, Everton and Glasgow Rangers, said: “Naturally I wish we had been given more time to work with and develop the players because that’s the background myself and (assistant) Lee (Carsley) both come from.
“But I’ve been in football long enough now to know that, ultimately, you are judged on results.
“You always get disappointments in football. It’s part of the job and it goes without saying I’m disappointed this didn’t work out as any of us would have liked but it’s how you respond and bounce back from those that counts.”
United were 22nd in the table when Weir, who won one and drew two of his of his 11 League One fixtures at the helm, parted company with the club on Friday. Forty-eight hours later, they slipped to 24th after being beaten by Coventry.
“Lee and I will be all the better from the experience,” he said. “We’ve learned lots and I’ll put that knowledge to good use.”