Former Everton and Scotland defender David Weir expresses desire to coach in MLS
FC Dallas, Vancouver and possibly even Seattle -- David Weir wants to be your head coach.
The former Scottish international has used the spotlight of the upcoming Scotland vs. USMNT international friendly (Friday, 3 pm ET on ESPN2 and UniMas) to throw his hat into the ring for an MLS head coaching job.
Weir tells The Scotsman in an article published on Tuesday that, "If the right opportunity came up, I'd go tomorrow."
Weir has the US connections (he played college soccer at the University of Evansville) and the résumé to back up his ambitions. The 43-year-old former Everton and Rangers player appeared 69 times for Scotland and recently managed Sheffield United in the English third division for his first managerial stint.
Things didn't go so well with the Blades. Weir was sacked in October after only a few months following a 12-game winless streak. Now his sights are set on the USA.
"The MLS is expanding and the leagues below have expanded. It’s already a really good league and it will get even better," he told The Scotsman. "It has the potential to be one of the best leagues in the world one day."
Other notable Scottish managers in MLS history include longtime New England Revolution boss Steve Nicol, former Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer and most recently Martin Rennie, who was let go as the head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps at the conclusion of the regular season. Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear was also born in Scotland before emigrating to the US as a child.