McNa­mara and United seal deal to part ways

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - GRAHAM SPIERS

DUNDEE UNITED and Jackie McNa­mara fi­nally parted com­pany last night when the dis­missed man­ager’s con­tract was ter­mi­nated by mu­tual agree­ment. The com­pen­sa­tion paid out by the club to re­move McNa­mara and his coach­ing staff is be­lieved to have cost in the re­gion of £180,000.

The club was locked in “set­tle­ment talks” with McNa­mara’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives all day yesterday, be­fore agree­ment was fi­nally reached at 9pm. It meant the de­par­tures from Tan­nadice of McNa­mara and his three as­sis­tants, Si­mon Don­nelly, Dar­ren Jack­son and Craig Hinch­liffe.

United yesterday placed Dave Bow­man, a coach with the club’s de­vel­op­ment squad, in tem­po­rary charge of the first team.

The amount awarded to McNa­mara in com­pen­sa­tion is not for any du­ra­tion of con­tract re­main­ing, but is linked to a clause in his con­tract which spec­i­fies a sum for any breach made by ei­ther party.

Mean­while it has emerged that Dundee United had been unim­pressed by McNa­mara’s re­cruit­ment pol­icy since Jan­uary 2015, and that this was a fac­tor in his re­moval, on top of the poor run of re­sults he re­cently suf­fered.

The de­part­ing man­ager has made a spate of sign­ings since Jan­uary’s trans­fer win­dow, with very few ap­pear­ing to have worked out.

United take the view that it will be into next week at the ear­li­est be­fore any new man­ager is ap­pointed.

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