Sheffield United: 13 proves unlucky for Weir

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David Weir’s reign is the shortest in terms of games played, but not in time, in Sheffield United’s history.

He was in charge for just 13 matches (ten league and three in cup competitions) which was fewer games than those two whose reign as manager was shorter.

Weir was manager for 124 days but that was more than both Steve Thompson and Gary Speed.

Thompson was put in charge on March 9, 1998 to the end of the season, whilst Speed replaced Kevin Blackwell on August 10, 2010 before leaving to become manager of Wales some 119 days later on December 14.

Here is a timeline of Weir’s disastrous reign which left the Blades bottom of League One and out of both cups.

Friday June 7: David Weir is interviewed for the vacant manager’s job.

June 10: After spending the weekend in meetings with the United hierarchy, Weir signs a three-year contract.

“It is sincerely hoped David’s appointment will reinvigorate the club and the supporters and he can be assured he has the full backing of the board,” said chairman of United’s football board, David Green.

June 15: United chief executive Julian Winter says Weir was “the outstanding candidate” on the shortlist.

June 26: Weir’s first signings announced with Febian Brandy the major one. Others are Stephen McGinn, Sean McGinty and Jasper Johns.

Aug 2: The new Football League season kicks off at Bramall Lane and it’s a winning start for Weir as they beat Notts county 2-1 in a Friday night game televised live.

Aug 6: Dumped out of Capital One Cup by Burton.

Sep 3: After five straight defeats success in a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 JPT draw at Scunthorpe.

Sep: 7: Prince Abdullah watches Blades lose 3-1 at New York Stadium.

Sep 29: 1-1 home draw with Crawley stops losing run.

Oct 8: JPT loss at home to Hartlepool is fifth defeat in six and Weir looks a broken man in a damaging interview.