The former Derby manager was immediately installed as odds-on favourite to replace Weir and it was no surprise that the United board lost faith with a manager who failed to build on an opening victory against Notts County, with the Blades occupying a place in the League One relegation zone.
Sheffield United sit 22nd in the table and any hopes of gaining promotion this season already look remote considering they sit fourteen points behind 6th placed Rotherham, with the latest humiliation being a 1-0 home reverse against Hartlepool in the JP Trophy.
Perhaps the Yorkshire side’s fortunes will improve now that Weir has been relieved of his duties and you can get a substantial 3/1 about them claiming their first away win of the campaign, with United having lost all five games on the road this term.
It’s not as though the squad is poor, with Marlon King and Jose Baxter having recently been drafted in, while Fabian Brandy is a skilful midfielder who shone at Walsall last term before leaving the Midlands club for Bramall Lane.
King was actually on the books at Coventry for a brief spell before annoying the Sky Blues by switching to Birmingham City and the striker is a 7/1 chance to score the first of this game, although the home team will feel more confident of getting the points.
The Sky Blues were handed a hefty points deduction at the beginning of the campaign although they have swiftly wiped away that deficit and sit 18th in the table as they look to continue their impressive start to the season.
Coventry have won three of their five games in Northampton and scored 13 goals altogether, with City an even money chance to get over the line against a team who are low on confidence and might need a new permanent manager before playing to their potential.
After defeats against Port Vale and Brentford, a Leon Clarke goal was enough to see them get past Stevenage and he has paired up nicely with Callum Wilson this term, with both players near the top of the scoring charts.
BetVictor go 5/1 about Wilson scoring first and 6/1 that Clarke breaks the deadlock against a Blades team who are there to be punished.