David Weir confirmed as Brighton technical director after Dan Ashworth exit

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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 in the role on an interim basis since Ashworth’s resignation and the start of a period of garden leave in February.

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

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 interim technical director, he used his experience, knowledge and ability to support both Graham Potter and the men’s first team as we secured a top-flight record finish, and Hope Powell and the women’s first team.

“During this period, he has already strengthened an already excellent working relationship with (general manager) Paul Barber and me, as well as with our management team responsible for running the club.

“David will oversee all football operations, including player recruitment, analysis, health and welfare, for both men and women.”

Weir, 52, has been with Albion since 2018 and worked as a loan manager before temporarily entering the Ashworth role.

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

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