Dundee United appoint Robbie Neilson

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Dundee United have confirmed Robbie Neilson as the club’s new manager on an 18-month-deal.

The 38-year-old takes charge of the club ahead of their clash with Partick Thistle on Saturday with the club currently sitting fourth in the Championship.

He succeeds Csaba Laszlo who was sacked by the club after a heavy 5-1 home defeat to Ross County back in September.

Neilson was excited for the challenge ahead.

He said: “It is an exciting opportunity at a great club and I am confident I can lead Dundee United back to the Premiership. This is the perfect challenge for me at a club I know well and I am looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and players tomorrow and getting straight to work ahead of Saturday’s match at Partick Thistle.”

Neilson has been out of work since January after leaving MK Dons in the relegation zone of England’s League One.

The new United boss has Championship experience, having gained promotion to the Premiership with Hearts in the 2014/15 season.

“I am confident I can lead Dundee United back to the Premiership. This is the perfect challenge for me at a club I know well.”

Neilson’s also a former Dundee United player, spending a brief spell with the club in the 2011/12 season making 23 appearances.

Dundee United Chairman, Mike Martin spoke highly of the club’s new manager.

He said: “I am delighted Robbie has agreed to become Head Coach. From a long list of impressive applications, he was the outstanding candidate.”

Neilson had also spoken to opponents Thistle about a possible move to Glasgow after Alan Archibald was sacked on Saturday.

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