Dundee United chief Thompson still considering manager options

Csaba Laszlo remains the bookies' favourite for the job as Dundee United chairman thinks over his next move.

Dundee United remain on course to have a new manager in time for Saturday’s clash with Championship leaders St Mirren.

But the Tannadice board have still to come to a final decision over who he will be.

Former Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo has emerged as the new favourite for the job and the 53-year-old has been interviewed.

So, too, however, have several other experienced candidates and, as of Tuesday, a number were still in the running to succeed Ray McKinnon in the hotseat.

Csaba Laszlo was Hearts manager from 2008 to 2010

They include former Falkirk, Hibs and Inverness boss John Hughes. He’s also held talks with chairman Stephen Thompson over the past few days.

That means while Laszlo is odds-on favourite after heavy betting on him in the last 24 hours, the bookies may still avoid taking a hit when the new manager is revealed.

And while getting the new manager in and working with the squad is regarded as a matter of urgency, United have been doing their homework on all the candidates.

As well as the interview process, they’ve been speaking to people who have worked with those short-listed.

It still looks likely an appointment will be confirmed before the weekend. Ideally, that would see an unveiling tomorrow, giving the new boss a couple of days to work with his players before the weekend game.

Even if that’s the case, assistant manager Laurie Ellis, who got the team back to winning ways at Dumbarton on Saturday, is likely to have a big input when it comes to the preparations and team selection.

The way Ellis has handled a difficult situation since close friend McKinnon was sacked has impressed those above him and, if a new boss wants to retain his services, there will be no complaints.