Wright among front-runners to take the reins at United
TOMMY WRIGHT, Stuart McCall and Ray McKinnon have emerged among the front-runners to replace Jackie McNamara as Dundee United manager.
United are due to meet with McNamara today to discuss the termination of his contract. These discussions will not involve either Simon Donnelly or Darren Jackson, McNamara’s two assistants.
McNamara was removed from his position as United manager by Stephen Thompson, the Tannadice chairman, within 10 minutes of the final whistle of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
United sources suggested last night it was unlikely a new manager would be in place by the end of this week.
The loss to St Johnstone left Dundee United second-bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership after an abysmal run of five defeats in their last six league matches, and one win in nine in total.
Thompson will spend this week looking at a number of names, with Wright appearing to be an outstanding candidate. In his two seasons in charge of St Johnstone he has guided the Perth club to fourth and sixth in the top flight, while also winning the 2014 Scottish Cup. Ironically, Wright also has a notable success rate against United.
United would face paying compensation to St Johnstone for the remainder of Wright’s contract, which has 18 months to run. Were they to go for McCall, a free agent, then obviously no compensation would be involved.