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17 December 2013

New Brentford FC Assistant Manager David Weir "really looking forward" to getting started at Griffin Park

New Brentford Assistant Manager David Weir said he was excited about the opportunity to work at Griffin Park.

David was named as Brentford’s new Assistant Manager yesterday, Monday December 16.

He has come in to work with Mark Warburton, who was named as Brentford Manager last Tuesday, December 10.

David, 43, had a long and successful career as a player, featuring for Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian, Everton and Glasgow Rangers.

As well as winning a large number of medals and 69 Scotland caps during a 20-year career he was named Scottish Premier League ‘Player of the Year’ and Scottish Football Writers’ ‘Player of the Year’ in 2010.

After retirement, he moved in to coaching, taking up a position at Everton.

He was appointed as manager of Sheffield United in June but left after four months at the helm.

David said he had known Mark Warburton for some time and was pleased the new Brentford boss had got his chance after the departure of Uwe Rösler.

Brentford are currently third in Sky Bet League One and David said he felt Mark Warburton could continue the successful season.

He said his job was to help him.

“I have known Mark a long time,” said David, speaking to Bees Player yesterday.

“We go back a long way, primarily when I was at Everton.

“Mark has given me the opportunity to come down and work with him and I am really looking forward to it.

“I’m excited about working with Mark and the group of players.

“I was excited for Mark to get the job; it’s a great opportunity for him.

“With Uwe leaving, it’s a gap to fill but Mark is the perfect person.

“He knows the Club, knows the players and knows how it works.

“What the Club is doing is working; Mark can continue that and continue to be successful.

“I am here to support Mark.

“Mark will make the decisions and I will try and help him.

“I have contacts I can use through my playing and coaching career and anything I can do, I will do.”

David said he knew Brentford was a club on the up with improvements being made to the Jersey Road Training Ground and permission granted this month by Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee for a new 20,000 seat stadium at Lionel Road South.

He said he had good reports on Brentford when he was at Everton and players were loaned to The Bees and now he wanted to find out more.

“This is a very good club,” said David.

“It is on the up with some very good players.

“Small steps are being taken but the Club is ambitious with a great training ground and a new stadium coming to fruition.

“There are better players coming in to the Club every year.

“A couple of the lads from Everton have come here.

“There has been a connection.

“I knew about Brentford but am learning more.

“The reports on Brentford when I was at Everton were all positive.

“The fact Everton allowed them to come here, and encouraged them, tells a great deal.”

David said he wanted to give the people of West London a Brentford Football Club they could be proud of.

“Football is about winning,” said.

“That is a big part.

“You like to try and play a bit, entertain the crowd and give them something to be proud of.

“Brentford is a community club with a strong local base.

“There has to be a team on the pitch the local people can be proud of.”

David had a short spell as Sheffield United manager earlier this season.

The Blades won their first game of the season under David but then failed to win any of their next 12 and he was sacked.

David said he learned a lot about League One during his time as a manager and would be better prepared to work at Brentford as a result.

“I learnt a lot from my time at Sheffield United,” he said.

“It was the wrong club for me at the wrong time in terms of where I was in my career.

“I learned a great deal, some good, some not so good.

“It is part of a learning curve and has made me a better coach and a person.

“I am better prepared for this job as a result.

“I learned massively about League One.

“I didn’t have a great deal of experience in League One going in to the job, that is one of the areas I could have been better at.

“Since then I have picked up on the individuals, teams and what it takes to be successful.

“I am looking forward to getting started.”

Bees Player subscribers can see a full video interview with David Weir here.

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