Evening Telegraph

Scottish Cup-winning boss Peter Houston out of running for Dundee United job

Dundee United are still working through a list of contenders for the manager’s job following the departure of Ray McKinnon.

The Tangerine’s finally announced the 47-year-old had been relieved of his duties yesterday, despite the manager being told he would be going after the home defeat against Inverness on Saturday.

Now, the Tannadice side are continuing their search for the man to guide them back to the Premiership.

He will be their fourth manager in little over two years, though there is no guarantee an appointment will be made before Saturday’s trip to Dumbarton.

There’s a strong chance Ray McKinnon’s No 2 Laurie Ellis will be in charge of the team for Saturday’s game.

Former boss Peter Houston is not in the running, despite still having an affection for the club where he won the 2010 Scottish Cup.

Peter Houston guided Dundee United to Scottish Cup glory in 2010

Early favourites, out-of-work John Hughes and Jim McIntyre, could still be in the running, the fact there’s been no quick appointment shows other options are being considered.

Last night one of the bookies favourites, Alan Stubbs, ruled himself out of the running on BT Sport.

Gutted Ray, a life-long Arab, yesterday said he had been proud of his opportunity to mange the side he once played for.

Whoever replaces him, though, the now former manager believes, will be inheriting a squad that will go on and win promotion this season.

He feels players he brought to Tannadice like Fraser Fyvie, Paul McMullan, James Keatings, Jordie Briels and others will not only get back to the top of the Championship, but are capable of starring in the top flight next season as well.

He’s hugely disappointed he won’t get the chance to continue working with these men but had nothing but complementary words once his dismissal was officially confirmed.

“It’s disappointing my time as manager of United has come to an end,” he said.

“But it’s been an honour and a privilege to both play for and then manage my home-town club that I’ve supported all my life.

“I would like to thank the fans for their support over my time in charge.

“Also I’d like to thank everyone at Dundee United for their efforts during my tenure.

“I wish the club every success moving forward and I’m certain they will be back where they belong shortly.”