David Weir has been appointed as the club’s new Technical Director with immediate effect.
The former Rangers, Everton and Scotland player has been taking on the role on an interim basis since February this year and after Dan Ashworth’s departure was confirmed earlier, the club have made the appointment permanent.
Chairman Tony Bloom said: “David has shown firsthand that he is the outstanding candidate for this position, out of several very strong candidates who have applied for the role. His credentials are very strong as evidenced by the various roles he has held with us.
“During his most recent role as acting technical director, David has used his experience, knowledge and skills to support both Graham Potter and the men’s first team as we secured a record-breaking top flight berth, as well as Hope Powell and the women’s first team.
“During that time he has continued to build on an already excellent working relationship with both Paul Barber and myself, as well as with our leadership team who are responsible for running the club. David will oversee all football operations including recruitment, analysis, medicine and player welfare for both men and women.
Deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber added: “Everton, Rangers and Scotland supporters know David has been a leader on the pitch, but over the last four months he’s shown those qualities off the pitch too and has developed quickly settled into the role.
“During that time he has used his extensive football knowledge and experience to support Graham and Hope, the academy staff, the medical team and the club’s leadership team and it’s easy to see him first-hand at work and at the club.” Completing a range of challenges to see why David is so respected within the game.
“David’s approach fits the club’s culture and values and he will be a key figure in helping the club achieve their goal of becoming a regular top ten side in the Premier League.”
David’s football career began on a football scholarship to the University of Evansville in the United States, where he played for the Purple Aces football team. After four years in North America, he graduated, ranked second in university history with 129 career points, and remains one of the most successful Evansville graduates of all time.
On his return to Britain he enjoyed an illustrious playing career north and south of the border, serving Falkirk, Hearts, Everton and Rangers with distinction – winning every national honor in Scotland, including three Scottish titles with Rangers, and helping Everton do their best admit. of all time in the Premier League in 2005.
He also won 69 caps for Scotland and was his country’s captain, playing in the Champions League for both Everton and Rangers. In 2010, aged 39, he was voted Scottish Premier League Player of the Year and Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.
His coaching career began at Everton, where he worked with the club’s academy and reserves before taking his first managerial role at Sheffield United. This was followed by assistant manager roles at Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest before joining Albion in April 2018.