Dundee United’s Quinn: ‘Forget about Buddies — we must see off Livi first’

Dundee United's Paul Quinn vents his frustration

Defender Paul Quinn believes everyone at Dundee United deserves a pat on the back for the upturn in fortune since Csaba Laszlo became manager.

The 32-year-old, however, has stressed the big plaudits should only come once United are back in the Premiership.

The Tangerines are unbeaten in the Championship under their new gaffer and have taken instantly to his style of possession football.

And if Laszlo merits praise for his tactical nous, Quinn feels the players haven’t done too badly either.

“I think everybody has to take a bit of credit, the coaching staff, the manager and the players,” he said.

“We have all bought into the situation instantly and we haven’t just said this is what we are going to do, we’ve actually gone out on a Saturday and done it both in terms of results and the performances.

“There is a huge difference in us now from three months ago and we are trying to keep improving and keep taking the things the manager wants us to do and move them on.

“We are all enjoying the new challenge and the training has been really good.

“It always helps when that’s reflected in results and we are tucking games away and getting wins.”

The run United have been on means wins tomorrow against Livingston and then against St Mirren a week tonight would guarantee they go into the New Year top of the Championship.

Quinn agrees that would be nice but right now he is not looking any further forward than the next game.

“That question about going back top has been asked a couple of times.

“I understand the thinking and the philosophy behind it but I think it is more important we go and perform against Livingston before we think about St Mirren.

“Who knows how they will go and we can’t foresee that. It is true if we win our two games we have to be top again and that would be great but we are just focusing on Livingston.

“We are trying to get it down to a one-game situation against St Mirren on the Friday night.

“What’s important right now is there is a confidence and belief about what we are trying to achieve, though we haven’t accomplished anything yet.

“Previously, we were a bit more off the cuff but now there is a system and we are trying to keep that going. That’s our challenge — can we keep that going?

“Can we drive on and improve from a good situation? That’s what we want to do.

“We are trying to string a good pattern together and then keep improving.”

And after a recent spell out with a heart murmur, Quinn transfers that one-game-at-time approach to the question of whether he’ll be staying at Tannadice for the rest of the campaign.

His contract expires in a few weeks but he’s happy to wait a while yet before sorting it out.

“My contract is up in January and, once the game at the weekend is out of the way, we will probably speak about that and see what’s next.

“I’ve just been happy to get fit, to be honest.

“It is more important I just keep fit rather than worry about a month down the line.

“It’s been a kind of upside-down season for me. I was playing every week and comfortable after I first signed but then, bump, I was out for two months, so I’ve been bitten by that one already.

“I’m looking at the weekend and then the following week and then, when the dust settles, I’ll speak to the manager, to my agent and we can take things from there.”