David Weir safe for now at Sheffield Unitedby Jack Kitson / 09 September 2013, 16:28Tweet
The short-term future of Sheffield United boss David Weir appears to be safe for now after the club's new co-owner, Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, gave the struggling boss his support. However, history frequently reminds us that public backing is often a poisoned chalice, and if results do not improve soon Weir could become the second League One casualty of the season.
Weir has endured a tough opening period to life in the management arena due to United's disappointing start to the new campaign. The former Scotland international took over in the summer and went on to win his first game in charge against Notts County on the opening day. However, the Blades have since picked up just one point from their following five games, leaving them down in 19th.
Last week the Saudi millionaire Prince Abdullah invested in the club and immediately stated that his aim is to see the Blades back in the Premier League within the next five years. They are currently playing their third consecutive season in the third-tier and have agonisingly experienced play-off heartache in each of their previous two campaigns. Their poor start has seen Bet Victor lengthen their odds to 7/1 to go on and win promotion at the third time of asking, while they have long odds of 33/1 to completely turn things around and win the league.
On Saturday United travel to Carlisle, who sacked the long-serving Gregg Abbot on Monday. They are a best-priced 13/10 to come away with their first away win of the season, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10 to record their very first win of what has been a torrid campaign so far.