By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Dec, 2021 | 1:50pm

Everton expected to appoint David Weir to their backroom staff

Everton are expected to appoint David Weir to their backroom staff after holding talks last week, according to Sportsmail.

The 51-year-old has been working for Brighton and Hove Albion as their loans manager, but is due to return to Goodison Park in a player development role.

Weir played for the Toffees for eight years from 1997 and will now be part of Rafa Benitez backroom staff as the club looks to improve their youngsters.

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The former Scotland international defender has had a spell in management at Sheffield United, while also coaching with Brentford and Rangers, and he is the best man for the job.

Everton youth sides have struggled in recent seasons, and Weir could help get them back to the top.

David Unsworth guided the under-23s to the Premier League 2 title in 2018-19, but not a lot of those crops of players have been able to proceed to the first-team.

While Farhad Moshiri is always ready to spend, the Toffees would love to see some of their academy graduates establish themselves in the senior team.

With Financial Fair Play stopping them from spending a lot of cash at the moment, being able to call on a lot of their kids would have been very pleasing.

Benitez was able to name a couple against Chelsea some days ago, but Everton will be hoping to do more going forward.

Weir returned to Goodison Park in a coaching capacity with the club’s academy and reserve teams in February 2012 and was interviewed by Bill Kenwright for the vacant role at the club when David Moyes left for Manchester United in May 2013, but the job instead went to Roberto Martínez.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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