Dundee United fans have given a clear indication that they want a new face to take charge at the club, an exclusive Tele poll has revealed.
The Tangerines are on the hunt for a new manager after the departure of Csaba Laszo on Sunday.
A number of names have been linked with the position, including long-term assistant Laurie Ellis.
However, Arabs who took part in our online poll have come out in favour of former Hearts gaffer Robbie Neilson.
The 38-year-old, whose last spell as a manager was at MK Dons, received 32% of the vote (451 responses) after 1,403 people took part in the poll.
Current interim boss Laurie Ellis came second with 14% of fans backing him to take the hotseat on a permanent basis.
Both Neilson and Ellis are currently the bookies’ joint favourites to take on the role permanently.
St Johnstone gaffer Tommy Wright was third on the fans’ wish list at 10% – however, in reality the chances of the Northern Irishman coming to manage at Tannadice are slim to none.
The poll results in full (1,403 votes):
Robbie Neilson 451
Laurie Ellis 193
Tommy Wright 144
Jim McIntyre 92
Terry Butcher 77
Billy McKinlay 71
John Hughes 49
Dick Campbell 48
Paul Sturrock 45
Billy Dodds 30
Ian McCall 24
Steven Pressley 11
John Robertson 4
Of the respondents, 164 people selected the ‘other’ category and suggested other names including former United man Barry Robson, legendary forward Duncan Ferguson, Maurice Malpas and Ian Cathro.
Supporter Dave Stewart commented on the poll suggesting Danny Lennon takes charge.
He wrote: “Laurie Ellis is guilty by association with the last two failures.”
One Tommy Wright voter commented: “We need an experienced manager – no more ex players or inexperienced men.”
Robbie Neilson supporters felt he had a decent track record in the SPFL to take the job.
One wrote: “It has to be someone that has been in top flight football before. Going with an unknown is completely unacceptable.”
Another said: “Robbie Neilson for me. He did a good job with Hearts, he can work on a small budget and knows the Championship well.”
While one Arab wrote: “Laurie deserves an opportunity to be in charge of training and discover if he can motivate players to achieve results in next few matches.
“It would be a huge gamble but there are also massive risks appointing some unemployed ex United players. Tough decisions for Mike Martin.”