Weir urges SFA not to rush
David Weir has told the SFA to take their time and make sure they choose the right man as Scotland manager.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 28/12/07 8:58pm
David Weir has told the Scottish Football Association to take their time and make sure they choose the right man as national team manager.
SFA chief executive Gordon Smith is leading the search for Alex McLeish's successor but Weir has urged him to be thorough in the selection process.
The Scotland and Rangers defender is anxious that a proven manager be given the job, rather than somebody who is merely 'flavour of the month'.
"I think there are a lot of managers and a lot of people in the frame for that job," he said. "It's got to be the right appointment.
"There's no point rushing into it and getting someone who is flavour of the month, whose team has been doing well for a short period of time and who you're thinking is the best candidate at the time.
"I think we have to look long-term and look at the big picture.
"The last couple of appointments have been fantastic and you have to give the SFA great credit for doing that and getting the right person in and we have to have confidence in them doing that again.
"They are taking their time and going through all the processes to come up with the best candidate.
Meanwhile, Weir has advised Rangers team-mate Alan Hutton to continue his development at Ibrox before moving to the Premier League.
The 23-year-old right-back has been in sparkling form this season and is understood to have attracted the attention of several English teams, including Manchester United.
"He's a great player, there is no getting away from that," said Weir.
"From the moment I came here I've been very impressed by him. Obviously people will take notice of that, it's the nature of the game.
"But I don't think Alan is in any rush to leave and I think he enjoys it here.
It's a great club to be at and a great place to play your football.
"He's a young man and he has his future ahead of him. I'm sure his career will map out the way he plans it."