League One: New Sheffield United boss David Weir says time was right for him
David Weir says he had an 'instinct' about Sheffield United that convinced him to take the top job at Bramall Lane.
Last Updated: 11/06/13 4:36pm
The former Scotland international was confirmed as the new Blades manager on Monday after leaving his position of coach at Everton.
It represents the 43-year-old's first foray into management and he feels the time was right for him to take that step.
He told Sky Sports News: "I just think you get an instinct about something, you get a feeling for the club and the situation and it just felt right at the time.
"It's a great opportunity for me, I'm obviously just starting out in management and hopefully I can stay it in for a long time. It just felt like it was the right place and I'm really excited by the challenge, I know the situation and what's gone on and where we want to be."
With the Blades preparing for a third season in League One, significant savings are going to have to be made, with many big earners being sold in order to lower the wage bill.
Weir insists he is under no illusions as to the task facing him but is convinced he can rebuild the club without the need for big spending.
"The majority of clubs outside the Premier League are reducing the wage bill. It is a challenge but something I'm aware of and it's something I can work within," he added.
"There will be bigger budgets in the league and that's got to play its part but within that you can you can still be successful. Teams have shown in this league in the past that it isn't the biggest budget that goes up, it is the team that plays the best on the pitch.
"I'm well aware of the situation here and I've got ideas of how to make us successful within that."
Weir heads to South Yorkshire just weeks after being interviewed for the then vacant manager's position at Everton.
The role eventually went to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, but Weir bears no grudges against the Toffees and says the experience probably played a key role in his eventual appointment at Sheffield United.
"I've got nothing but complimentary things to say about Bill [Kenwright - chairman] and Everton. It was a great experience and if anything confirmed to me that I was ready to be a manager and how much I wanted to be a manager.
"Roberto Martinez got the job and deservedly so. I wish him all the success in the job at a fantastic football club.
"But it was a great process and learning curve for me and confirmed everything I wanted to know."