Sport Steve McClaren holds Dundee United talks as former England boss emerges as shock target to replace Robbie Neilson

02:05  29 june  2020
02:05  29 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Malky Mackay wanted by Dundee United as SFA set to green light Tannadice manager talks

  Malky Mackay wanted by Dundee United as SFA set to green light Tannadice manager talks The 48-year-old has been Performance Director at Hampden since December 2016, having previously managed in the English Premier League. And he’s now clear favourite to take over from Neilson, who left Tayside for Hearts last week. United’s hierarchy had drawn up a shortlist of potential new gaffers, with the likes of Billy McKinlay, Micky Mellon and Steve Cotterill all interested in the post. But Mackay is now top of the list to take charge of the Scottish Premiership new boys next term. United made their move and with Mackay keen to get back into management, it’s unlikely that the SFA will stand in his way.

Robbie Neilson has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from sacked Csaba Laszlo at crisis-hit Dundee United . Former United defender Neilson is a leading contender after Tannadice chairman Mike Martin axed flop boss Laszlo in the wake of Saturday’s 5-1 home defeat by Ross County.

McClaren ,56, held talks with United chairman Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta after watching the Yorkshire side's 4-1 home Stam,45, was wanted by Leeds before they appointed Christiansen last June, but the former Manchester United defender stayed loyal to the Royals.

Steve McClaren wearing a suit and tie © PA

Dundee United are set to hold talks with Steve McClaren over their vacant managerial role.

Record Sport understands that United have made an approach to the former England manager.

The Tannadice club have already held discussions with the SFA’s performance director Malky Mackay, while Tranmere boss Micky Mellon is also on a short-list along with another couple of candidates.

The United board has been on the look-out for a boss since Robbie Neilson quit for a shock return to Hearts last Sunday.

They are likely to move away from a head coach role to a first-team manager with the next appointment.

Lee McCulloch set for Hearts reunion with Robbie Neilson as contract snag cleared for Tynecastle arrival

  Lee McCulloch set for Hearts reunion with Robbie Neilson as contract snag cleared for Tynecastle arrival The assistant was under contract at Tannadice but has walked away to join his boss in Gorgie. The former Rangers and Scotland man was Neilson’s No.2 at Tannadice as they led the Tangerines to promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season.

ROBBIE NEILSON has emerged as the leading contender to take over at Dundee United . The former Hearts boss has been out of work since being axed by St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright, former United hero Jim McIntyre, Inverness gaffer John Robertson and John Hughes are also in the frame.

Robbie Neilson began his tenure as Dundee United manager with a perfunctory win over Partick Thistle. Goals either side of the interval by United also hit a post through McMullan and Safranko had a header ruled out as former Hearts boss Neilson ended his first week in charge with a win.

United sporting director Tony Asghar has a close relationship with McClaren that goes back more than 20 years.

McClaren has a wealth of experience and has won the Dutch League with Twente and the League Cup with Middlesbrough.

The 59-year-old has also had spells at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby, Newcastle and last year was in charge at QPR.

McClaren, linked with Hearts in January, is working for FIFA and one of the countries he has been doing work on is Scotland so he has a close grasp of the league.

Sporting director Asghar has spoken to a number of candidates and whittled the list down to four or five.

United also made a move to the SFA and have been given permission to speak to Mackay. The 48-year-old also has a relationship with Asghar and has been Wigan, Watford and Cardiff boss.

United’s assistant coach Lee McCulloch and Gordon Forrest were both under consideration but they don’t want the role.

Neilson wants both at Hearts but an agreement between the clubs means nothing can be done 
before September unless compensation is agreed.

Dundee United have spoken to former players Jon Daly, who recently left Hearts, and Barry Robson, a coach at Aberdeen.

Jim Jefferies makes Hearts admission as he urges Ann Budge to give him a call .
The former Hearts boss has been linked with the sporting director role and he admits he would be interested.The former Jambos boss is being heavily tipped to become sporting director at Tynecastle and work alongside returning gaffer Robbie Neilson.

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