• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

United manager extends contract

Jackie McNamara last night signed a one-year contract extension as Dundee United manager which will keep him in the role until at least May 2017.

Jackie McNamara
Jackie McNamara

The 40-year-old has been in charge at Tannadice since January 2013 and his side currently occupy fourth place in the SPFL Premiership.

The former Scotland internationalist has overseen impressive form on the pitch, although his tenure has also been marked by the emergence of such as Ryan Gauld, John Souttar and Ryan Dow. It is his relationship with the club's brightest young talent which has allowed McNamara to become a valued coach at the club.

He was also keen to extend his contract at a club where he is settled. "My relationship with the board of directors and the chairman is the strongest I have experienced in football, and working with the quality players available to me at Dundee United makes the job enjoyable," said McNamara.

"Signing this extension is one of the easiest decisions I have made as a manager. We have made a lot of progress in the first year here but can achieve a lot more."

That sense of ambition continues to impress the United board. "We are excited by the job that Jackie has been doing and his desire to build strong foundations is in line with how we see the club progressing," said Stephen Thompson, the United chairman.

"His commitment to developing young players and giving them the chance to prove themselves on the park is creating positivity for the future and entertaining the fans."

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.