Jim McInally believes a former team mate would be the best choice as Dundee United’s new manager.
The Tangerines are searching for a replacement for Csaba Lazlo.
But Tannadice legend McInally would plump for Billy McKinlay, who made 284 appearances for United and has worked as a coach with Roy Hodgson at Fulham and David Moyes at Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham.
McInally, now Peterhead boss, told the Evening Express: “There are problems in boardrooms with chairman and directors who don’t look at the bigger picture enough.
“Billy McKinlay had one failed spell as a manager in Norway.
“But ultimately he’s worked at the highest level with Real Sociedad, Fulham under Roy Hodgson and last season at West Ham, and David Moyes thinks the world of him.
“What I know about Billy is that he’s a really good organiser of a team and from what I understand that’s what United need.
“It’s not just because he’s an old team-mate but he’s somebody that’s different and I would like to see the people making the decision look at the bigger picture.”
McInally, who played 395 times for United, is desperate to see his old club return to the Premiership.
He added: “Their current plight has been down to lack of leadership at the top.”