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Sport Micky Mellon hails Dundee United players for 'no drama' mentality amid wage cut discussions

21:05  31 october  2020
21:05  31 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Micky Mellon praised his Dundee United stars for refusing to make a drama out of the wage cut bombshell which struck Tannadice this week as they ended a difficult few days with a win against Ross County.

United opened talks with Mellon, his staff and the Tannadice playing pool over 20 per cent cuts this week with no end in sight to the covid crisis that has kept the gates locked on Scottish football grounds.

Sporting director Tony Ashgar says those talks will resume in the coming days as they look to reach agreement “as soon as possible”.

And after Nicky Clark’s double secured a much-needed 2-1 win over County, Mellon paid tribute to his players for staying United amid the turmoil.

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Mellon said: “There’s no big dramas. Trust me. There’s a pandemic on and every industry in the world is dealing with a tough time. Football is one of those.

  Micky Mellon hails Dundee United players for 'no drama' mentality amid wage cut discussions © SNS Group

“We will sort it out and continue to play football and hopefully pick up results.


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“We said right from the start we can’t allow it to become any bigger drama than what everybody might make it out to be. It’s no surprise to us.

“People have to cut their cloth accordingly. There’s no fans coming through the door. The boys know that and know we have to keep grafting for the club to pick up results and keep moving towards the Dundee United we all want to see.

“They deserve a lot of credit but not just for today.

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“I keep saying they’ve only just come out the Championship and are being asked to adapt to the Premiership.

“They are fighting really hard to do that and this win moved us a bit closer to being that team.”

Melon praised his front two with Clark chipping in with his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign.

He added: “Nicky has been brilliant but there’s been more. Even Lawrence Shankland hasn’t played in the Premiership before. People forget he’s not played a lot of games at this level. Most of these guys were Championship players last year and the ask was for them to come in as a group and become a force as quickly as possible at this level.

“We’re trying to keep a fairness to it. A lot of times people forget where the majority of this group have come from. We try to keep encouraging them and asking them to try to keep improving.”

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