Dundee United boss Robbie says positive reaction to new owners can translate to success on the pitch

Dundee United boss Robbie Nielson is gearing up for his side facing ICT in a league and cup double-header
Dundee United boss Robbie Nielson is gearing up for his side facing ICT in a league and cup double-header

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson believes a wave of positivity and optimism under the new American owners can translate to success on the pitch.

The Tannadice gaffer feels the fans are looking forward to a new era under the leadership of US millionaire owner Mark Ogren and his board of directors.

However, he knows that success, and wins like last Saturday’s at Dunfermline, are what supporters crave most.

Following the takeover last week, the Terrors boss and the new chiefs met with Arabs to discuss the plans for the short and long-term future of the club.

And the 38-year-old thinks all is now coming together in what is an exciting time to be involved at the Tangerines.

Dundee United sporting director Tony Asghar

“We had a good chat on Monday with the supporters’ liaison group and they were very positive,” Robbie said.

“The chairman, Tony (Asghar), myself and Scott (Ogren) all spoke. They want positivity and this place has lacked that in the last four or five years, I think.

“It’s been one hit after another but now it’s a new chapter, a new start and it’s a case of bringing that positivity back.

“We’re under no illusions, there are a lot of steps to take but the game last Saturday we won 1-0 and you could see the enthusiasm and positivity it brings. We need to just keep adding to that.

“There will be bumps in the road but we need to just keep pushing forward, so it’s an exciting time.”

Although his focus has been on tomorrow’s trip to face Montrose in the Scottish Cup fourth-round, Robbie’s main aim is promotion and, together with sporting director Asghar, he feels they are building the team to deliver a return to the top flight after a three-year absence.

He added: “The club’s been running as a Premiership club for the three years it’s been down here. They didn’t strip back massively and it’s still a huge infrastructure and the interest they’ve got in the club.

“It’s setting this in place, the players we recruit at the moment that we hope can take us out of the league and progress us further up the top flight as well.

“My job is to plan for Saturday and try to win on the Saturday, whereas Tony’s job is to plan for the long-term future of the club.”

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