Brighton hire interim David Weir as new permanent technical director

Brighton appoint interim David Weir as their new technical director on a permanent basis – with ex-Everton defender replacing Dan Ashworth after he was cleared to join Newcastle

  • David Weir has had his role as Brighton’s technical director made permanent
  • He’d been in the role on an interim basis after Dan Ashworth’s gardening leave
  • Ashworth’s exit was formally confirmed on Monday and he will join Newcastle

Brighton have confirmed the permanent appointment of David Weir as technical director following Dan Ashworth’s move to Newcastle.

The former Scotland, Rangers and Everton defender had been covering the role in an interim capacity since Ashworth resigned and began a period of garden leave in February.

Ashworth’s exit was formally confirmed on Monday as Newcastle announced they had reached agreement with the Seagulls to appoint him as sporting director at St James’ Park. Brighton followed by making Weir’s position full-time.

Interim David Weir has been hired as Brighton’s new technical director on a permanent basis

Chairman Tony Bloom said: ‘David’s credentials are very strong, as he has shown in the various roles he has held with us.

‘During his recent role as acting technical director he has used his experience, knowledge and ability in supporting both Graham Potter and the men’s first team as we secured a record top-flight finish, and Hope Powell and the women’s first team.

‘In that time he has already further enhanced an already excellent working relationship with both (chief executive) Paul Barber and me, as well as our executive team responsible for the running of the club.

‘David will oversee all football operations including recruitment, analysis, medical and player welfare, across both the men’s and women’s set-up.’

Weir, 52, has been at Albion since 2018 and had been working as loans manager prior to stepping into Ashworth’s post on a temporary basis.

Prior to that he had a brief spell as manager at Sheffield United and held coaching roles at Everton, Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest. As a player he earned 69 Scotland caps and also represented Hearts and Falkirk.

Newcastle agreed a deal with Brighton to allow Dan Ashworth to work as their sporting director immediately, rather than when his gardening notice was due to end in November

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