David Weir made a good impression on the South Coast.
Former Everton defender David Weir. Photo: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Former Everton favorite David Weir is reportedly set to return to Goodison Park in a behind-the-scenes role.
Online Mail reports that the Scotsman will leave Brighton and Hove Albion to join the Toffees.
Weir spent eight years in Merseyside between 1999-2007.
In total, the defender made 254 appearances for Everton, scoring 15 goals.
During the 2004-05 season, Weir helped the Blues secure a fourth place in the Premier League.
He left for Rangers two years later before retiring in 2011. He was also selected 69 times for Scotland.
Weir became a trainer after hanging up his boots and spending time at Everton Academy.
In 2013 he was interviewed for the managerial job vacant after David Moyes left Manchester United – but Roberto Martinez landed the job instead.
Weir then had a short spell at the helm of Sheffield United before becoming Mark Warburton’s assistant at Brentford and Rangers.
Since 2019 he has been responsible for Brighton loans.
According to Online Mail, Everton spoke with Weir last week to join the club.
He is reportedly set to play a role in player development at Goodison Park.
In Brighton, Robert Sanchez was loaned to Rochdale under Weir’s supervision during the 2019-2020 season.
He is now the Amex’s first choice goalkeeper and has broken into the Spain squad.
Meanwhile, Matt Clarke (Derby and West Brom), Taylor Richards (Doncaster), Ryan Longman (Hull) and Alex Cochrane (Hearts) all enjoyed success away from the Seagulls while Weir was in his role.