Of course the Sheffield United manager empathises with the plight of Ally McCoist at Rangers, and he would only be human if he did not occasionally compare his situation at Bramall Lane with the dispiriting lot of Steven Pressley at his troubled League One rivals Coventry City. But, put in its simplest terms, Weir has other things to get on with.
Having followed up an excellent opening-day victory against Notts County with consecutive defeats, the 43-year-old would be derelicting his duties if he did not ensure his own career gets his undivided attention. "Every club has its problems; you should come into my office . . ." said Weir. "I don't mean to be flippant because Coventry and Rangers have massive problems. But problems are problems; you have to find solutions. I've only been in the job for weeks but I think any manager will tell you what crops up in this job day-in, day-out is incredible. Some problems are easier to solve than others but everything is challenging. Every manager will tell you their problems are worse than other people's.
"Finding a way to win games is the secret; all the rest is, to a certain degree, irrelevant. You need to get the three points on the Saturday. That's the toughest bit, finding the winning formula. The fans have given me a good response but that doesn't last that long, depending on results. Winning football games is what you get judged on, not who you are and what you've done."
Not that events at Ibrox are not something of a distraction. Weir spent five years with the club he supported and, although he left not long before Charles Green arrived, he now finds himself working on the controversial Rangers consultant's old patch. Weir has been besieged by anecdotes about the two years Green spent as chief executive at Bramall Lane during the mid-90s, even if he would rather keep his counsel about them. He does not claim to have the solutions to the continuing turmoil at Rangers but does feel Walter Smith's departure as chairman is a hugely negative development and believes the recent criticism of McCoist has the air of a witch hunt.
"There has been something seriously wrong at Rangers in the past and Walter's tried to help the situation," said Weir. "He now feels he can't help any longer and his departure probably does say there's something seriously wrong. But I've not got all the answers. I've got enough on my plate doing this job at Sheffield United and that's got to be my priority now. But I'm sad Walter has left because his presence was an assurance things would get better.
"The transitions going on at that club, and the circumstances, are unheralded. [Ally] deserves a medal for working under those conditions, not the sack. The stadium has been full, and Ally has fought his corner in what is a very difficult job. Some people just want blood. What would the place be like if Ally hadn't been there? Whatever your opinion of him as a coach and a manager, you can't dispute he loves Rangers; he's dedicated his career to Rangers. Not that that keeps you in a job but people on the Rangers side of things have got to remember that."
Weir recalls a time at Everton when team-mate Paul Gascoigne used to phone him at all hours to feed his obsession with a 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' computer game, but these days Walter Smith and David Moyes are two fine friends to have on the end of the phone as he embarks upon his managerial career. He was interviewed by Bill Kenwright for the manager's job at Goodison, a process that might not have had the desired outcome but solidified his desire to be a manager.
"I wasn't sure if I was ready, I thought I was but I came out the other side of that process knowing this was what I wanted to do," he said. "I won't be phoning Walter or David every day, but if it can help me and help my team then I'd call them. But when I make a decision it has to be the right decision for me. It can't be a case of 'What would David Moyes have done? Or 'What would Walter Smith have done?'"
Having missed out at Goodison, fate and some family ties brought Weir to Sheffield. His uncle, Graeme Crawford, was a goalkeeper at Bramall Lane and Weir remembers travelling to his house in York and being enthused by his programme collection. "I didn't come down to Sheffield to watch them but I went to his house in York and he'd bring out his old programmes," Weir said.
"Sheffield United were in the top flight and the big teams back then were Leeds United, Aston Villa. I remember looking at those programmes and being impressed. Did it influence my decision? That my uncle played here was nice - it felt a wee bit like fate - but it wasn't the main reason. It just felt right."
Weir, whose innovations to date include making the first team and youth squad eat together and installing new TVs at the training ground - "nothing that would blow your mind" - inherited several Scots, including Jamie Murphy, Ryan Flynn, Neil Collins and Kevin McDonald, albeit the latter has since signed for League One rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also risked the wrath of two of his former clubs by enticing Adam Owen from Rangers to revolutionise the club's strength and conditioning and paying Falkirk £250,000 for striker Lyle Taylor. Nationality, though, is not a key factor in his recruitment.
"I just want good players," he said. "Whether they are Scottish, English, I don't care. I've got Adam who is Welsh, I've got Lee [Carsley, his assistant] who one day is Irish and the next he's from Birmingham! I've an affinity with Scotland but where people are from is irrelevant to me. But I did get a bit of stick for signing Lyle. My nephew is a season-ticket holder at Falkirk and he wasn't very happy about that. So I had to take that on the chin."
That apart, Scottish football unavoidably seems like something of an afterthought. "It's sad what has happened to Rangers," he said. "It's sad for Scottish football that there's not four Rangers v Celtic games a season any more. But people down here aren't that interested. They're interested in their own club."