Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed former Scottish international David Weir as the club’s first pathway development manager.
The 48-year-old former Glasgow Rangers and Everton defender will take on the brand new role from today, with responsibility for monitoring the progress and overseeing the development of the club’s players who are out on loan.
Albion’s head of recruitment Paul Winstanley said, “With an increasing number of our younger players going out on loan, this is a particular area in which we feel it is important for us to develop.
“David will be responsible for working with those players individually and collectively, during pre-season and throughout their loan spells to help their footballing development with the aim of helping them to play at the highest possible level.
“He will also monitor the senior professionals who are out on loan and feed back to Chris Hughton, the recruitment team and the club’s coaches at the relevant level.
“David has an excellent playing and coaching CV, has excellent contacts throughout the football world and is hugely respected within the industry. We are absolutely delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Born in Falkirk in 1970, Weir’s playing career began with his hometown club, before a move to Hearts in 1996. He joined Everton three years later, and after eight seasons and more than 200 appearances for the Toffees, he joined Rangers in 2007.
He spent a further five years at Ibrox, playing onto the age of 41. He also became Scotland’s oldest-ever player, winning the last of his 69 caps at the age of 40.
Weir has been in coaching and management since hanging up his boots. He had a brief spell in charge of Sheffield United, before working as assistant to Mark Warburton at Brentford, Rangers and most recently, Nottingham Forest.