David Weir returns to Everton as coach five years after leaving

David Weir

David Weir has returned to Everton as a coach five years after leaving the club for Rangers.

Weir, who made 269 appearances during eight years at Goodison Park, will work with the youth and reserve teams.

The defender, who turns 42 in May, is also eligible to play for Everton's reserve side.

"He'll help out Alan Stubbs with the reserves and will play in the occasional reserve game," said manager David Moyes.

Weir's return follows that of fellow Scot Duncan Ferguson, who came back to Goodison Park in a coaching capacity in October.

Weir left Everton in January 2007 to link up with Walter Smith at Rangers, where he won the Scottish Premier League title three times and the Scottish Cup twice.

But he left Ibrox last month having seen his first-team opportunities limited this season.

Weir had been hoping to continue playing first-team football and had been training with Sheffield United since departing Ibrox.

"David did great for us when he was a player here and we are looking forward to being able to work with him again as he starts out in his coaching career," Moyes told the club website.

"It will be good to have him around the place. He is a great professional and someone all the players at the club can look up to."

Weir, who marked his return to Everton by playing in the 1-1 reserve draw with Liverpool on Tuesday, said it had not been a difficult decision to leave Rangers.

"I'm not sad about it, I'm happy that I got the opportunity to play for such a great club," he said.

"I have so many memories to look back on and I am very proud of that. I wouldn't change it for the world.

"But it's not been a difficult decision - if anything I probably prolonged it."