Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has addressed the media following the sacking of Jackie McNamara and his coaching staff.
Here we take a look at the key points to come from the press conference held at Tannadice today.
- The decision to sack Jackie was one of the toughest and most stressful of his time at the club.
- Thompson confirmed Jackie was handed a letter, calling him for a meeting, just after defeat in Perth on Saturday evening.
- Key to that point he also confirmed the letter was pre-written in the days running up to the St Johnstone defeat.
- But he did not officially leave the club until a severance package was agreed late last night.
- Thompson said United had the third biggest wage budget in the top flight, as a result he felt he and the board had backed the manager, particularly towards the end of the summer transfer window.
- While not revealing any details about Jackie’s potential successor, Thompson did say the process to find the new manager began in earnest yesterday.
- United’s majority shareholder said he had not contacted any candidate directly yet, though.
- Thompson seemed to rule caretaker Dave Bowman out of the running after claiming, United’s situation did not suit a new appointment.
- Instead he hinted the new man must have experience and must be the right fit for the club.
- But before any candidate was promised cash to spend, players – of which United have 51 on their books – must leave.
- Cuts from player sales would not be included in any new manager’s contract.
- A top six finish and a run in both the cups is the primary aim for the new man at the helm.
- And he confirmed his desire to stay in the Tangerines’ boardroom, despite his interests down under.
For the full story read chief football writer Tom Duthie in this evening’s Tele.