As relegation edges ever closer, Mixu Paatelainen’s Dundee United future hangs in the balance.
While chairman Stephen Thompson, who is set to undertake a root-and-branch review of recent disasters, has been taking the brunt of the blame for the Tangerines’ demise, Mixu has also not been short of critics himself, especially among those on the terraces.
In a recent Tele online poll, 71% of Arabs voted in favour of Mixu getting the chop at the end of the current season.
This number may have even been higher had the poll opened after the Hamilton debacle at the weekend and not before.
Ahead of this weekend’s crucial round of fixtures which, should they go badly, would put United just a defeat at Dens Park away from Championship football, we take a look at the manager’s term at Tannadice in numbers.
197 — The number of days since Mixu took the reins at United. That’s just six months and 14 days.
19 — The number of days between the sacking of Jackie McNamara and the appointment of the Big Finn. In that time both Tommy Wright, of St Johnstone, and John Hughes, of Inverness, were tipped as the bookies favourites for the post.
29 — The amount of games Mixu has been in charge.
17 — Number of losses suffered in all competitions under Mixu.
5 — The number of wins he’s overseen in the Premiership. The total number of wins, in all competitions is eight, thanks to Scottish Cup wins over Airdrie, Partick and Ross County.
13 — It was his 13th game in charge that United managed to record only their second win since the departure of McNamara in beating Airdrie in January. It was also his 13th league game in charge that they managed to beat Kilmarnock 5-1 at Tannadice, which was also only the players’ second win in the league under Mixu.
20.83% — The gaffer’s win percentage in the top fight since taking over.
62.5% — The percentage of Premiership games lost in the time.
1 — The number of points United were adrift at the bottom of the Premiership when Mixu took charge. United were second bottom when McNamara got the boot.
8 — The number they find themselves adrift now.
19 — Points picked up during Mixu’s reign.
-16 — United’s Premiership goal difference in Mixu’s tenure. United have scored a total of 25 goals in his 24 games in the top flight but have managed to concede 41 along the way.
7 — Seven players have come in under Mixu’s watch. Bizarrely two have already been, failed and gone — Gavin Gunning and Riku Riski. Of the others it’s difficult to make a case to say any one of them has been a success. Eiji Kawashima has been a regular but has flogged a goal or two, including Accies’ third at the weekend, Guy Demel was barely fit enough to complete an hour until very recently, Kyle Knoyle looks decent but is still very raw, while Edward Ofere and particularly Florent Sinama Pongolle have hardly set the heather alight.
1,000 — The rumoured number of briefs sent back by Arabs ahead of Monday’s derby. A clash which could see United relegated to the Championship.
3 — Three points for Mixu’s former club Kilmarnock at the weekend could see the nightmare scenario of relegation at Dens, the scene of three of the club’s greatest triumphs — League Cup wins in 1979 and 1980 as well as winning the league in 1983.