New name enters the running in Dundee United manager search

John Hughes and Csaba Laszlo

A clear frontrunner has emerged to take charge of Dundee United, according to a bookmaker.

Bet Victor has narrowed the odds on John Hughes succeeding Ray McKinnon, who was dismissed last week.


Seven days ago the Tele reported that Hughes, who was linked with the United hot-seat two years ago before Mixu Paatelainen’s appointment, was leading a two-horse race with Jim Mcintyre.

John Hughes

Former Falkirk boss Hughes was installed at evens, while ex-United striker Jim McIntyre was rated 5/4.

Now, Hughes is available at just 1/2 with Bet Victor, while McIntyre’s odds have lengthened to 3/1.


A new name is also in the running, with ex Heart manager Csaba Laszlo emerging as an 8/1 shot.

The Hungarian coach recently applied for the vacant manager’s position at Tynecastle, seven years after he was axed by Vladimir Romanov. The role went to Craig Levein instead.

Csaba Laszlo

Last season Laszlo, who lives in Edinburgh, led Dunajská Streda out of the Slovak Super Liga relegation zone. after taking charge in October, he led them to a 16-game unbeaten run.

Alan Stubbs and Darren Young are also available at 8/1, while Alan Archibald and David Hopkin are at 16/1.

A host of names, including caretaker boss Laurie Ellis, are touted at 25/1.

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(source: Betfair)

Hughes is out of work after his three-month stint at Raith Rovers came to an end in the summer. The club were relegated to League One after losing in the playoffs to Brechin City.

McIntyre is also jobless after being sacked by Ross County last month.

In a three-year spell he led the Staggies to their first major trophy, the League Cup, thanks to a 2-1 win over Hibernian in March 2016.


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