Wright among front-run­ners to take the reins at United

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - GRAHAM SPIERS

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.

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