DAVID Weir fears he is risking his dream of a coaching role at Everton by prolonging his playing career with Glasgow Rangers.
The 41-year-old former Toffees defender was offered a job on David Moyes’ staff this summer, but chose to sign a one-year extension with the Scottish club after helping them win the title.
And although super-fit Weir, who played 235 games for the Blues, still feels in the right condition to carry on starring for Ally McCoist’s side, he is worried he could lose the chance to re-join Everton and kick-start the next phase of his career as a result.
Weir, who has just written his autobiography, ‘Extra Time’, said: “David has always said there is something there for me if I do decide to stop playing, and I value that and deeply appreciate it.
“He knows I want to keep going as long as I can and I’m grateful he understands. I’m doing my coaching badges and helping out with the coaching at Rangers too.
“I know that offer won’t probably be there forever, and that I’m risking losing it by playing on. But to be fair to David he said to me that I should play as long as I can because you are a long time not playing.”
Weir still has a home near to Merseyside and is a regular visitor to Finch Farm, where he sometimes joins in with training sessions.
“I love going there,” he says. “I learned a lot from David. You cannot argue with his knowledge and dedication. If you don’t learn from a man like that you are a fool.
“He is one of the best there is. Once you leave Everton you really realise just how good David is.”
Meanwhile, Everton’s chief executive Robert Elstone has hit back at suggestions Goodison Park officials should appoint an interim board to process any potential sale of the club.
He said: “The board of directors, myself as the CEO and the senior management all have an ongoing responsibility to do what is right by Evertonians. The suggestion of a completely new group of individuals coming in and essentially doing what the current board is doing is risible and completely unnecessary.
“Everton is for sale, despite accusations to the contrary. This has been the case for three years and it will remain the case until such time as someone is found with the finances capable of ensuring we can compete at the very highest level of the game both at home and in Europe.”
He said the last five years have been a success in terms of sponsorship, income, league position and the amount of European football played.
Elstone insists all resources at the club will be directed towards David Moyes.
“Finances, as they do across the vast majority of football clubs, remain tight and attracting the investment required to deliver the success our supporters deserve remains a difficult task – but it is one the board and the professionals brought in by the club are fully engaged with.
“We are not where we want to be – we will always want more – but it is now time to pull together.”
He added: “The job will continue in earnest – the search for new investment and the continued mission to support David Moyes and his ambitions for the team on the pitch.”