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Manager pays price for poor start

Mackay in frame as Dundee Utd sack McNamara

Jackie McNamaraJackie McNamara has paid the price for Dundee United’s poor start to the season. He was sacked after talks with Tannadice boss Stephen Thompson at McDiarmid Park, following the team’s 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone.

United sit second-bottom of the Premiership table with just one win from nine games.

Former United players Steven Pressley and Mixu Paatelainen have been mentioned as successors but the former Celtic player Malky Mackay is also believed to be a contender. He has managed Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.

Some fans are said to want John Hughes, the Inverness manager whose team became the first to take points off league leaders Aberdeen on Saturday.

McNamara may feel he was handed a difficult hand for the current campaign after losing the core of last year’s team to Celtic in the January transfer window.

He joined United in January 2013 and led the club to two top-five finishes.

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