David Weir returns to Everton to take up coaching role

The 41-year-old is set to work with the Toffees’ academy and reserve side, and may be in line to pull on the famous blue jersey one more time in the ‘mini’ Merseyside derby

Former Everton defender David Weir has returned to Goodison Park to take up a coaching role, the club have announced.

The retired Scotland international, who made 269 appearances for the Toffees in an eight-year spell on Merseyside, will work with the club’s academy and reserve side alongside current coach Alan Stubbs.

Manager David Moyes, who worked with Weir before his departure from the club in 2007, has welcomed the 41-year-old’s return and the experience he will bring to the role.

He told the club’s official website: “David’s returning to us in a coaching capacity.

“He will help out Alan Stubbs with the reserves and he will also play in the occasional reserve game to help support some of those younger players coming through.

“It will be good to have him around the place.  He is a great professional and someone all the players at the Club can look up to.

“He did great for us when he was a player here and we are looking forward to being able to work with again as he starts out in his coaching career.”

Weir began his career in Scotland with Falkirk, before moving to Hearts in 1996.

He joined Everton three years later and remained with the Premier League outfit until 2007, when he returned to the SPL with Rangers before finally calling time on his career earlier this season.

He could be line to play against bitter rivals Liverpool in the reserve Merseyside derby, when the sides clash on Tuesday afternoon.