Tannadice changes

Goodwin takes over at Tannadice on short-term deal

Deal: Jim Goodwin

Former Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has been appointed as the new Dundee United boss until the end of the season.

Goodwin emerged as the Tangerines’ preferred target after talks with Craig Levein broke down.

The former Hearts and Scotland chief had appeared set for a return to the dug out to replace Liam Fox in the wake of sporting director Tony Asghar’s surprise exit.

However, discussions stalled over a number of issues including the length of contract, Levein’s role at Tannadice beyond the end of the season and his personal terms.

That opened the door for Goodwin to make a rapid return to the game, the Irishman having been sacked by Aberdeen at the end of January. The Dons visit Tannadice on Saturday.

“The sole aim for the remainder of the season is to maintain our Scottish Premiership status,” he said.

“I realise it is a huge task but I wouldn’t have taken the job on if I didn’t believe in the players, staff and my own abilities to be successful here.”

Asghar’s departure came just days after Fox left his role by mutual consent, the 4-0 defeat to Ross County at the weekend leaving United rooted to the foot of the Premiership with 12 games left to play.

United fans in Dingwall protested against Mark Ogren’s ownership, calling for the US businessman to quit along with Fox and Asghar.

The club said the 56-year-old’s exit was to allow the appointment of a new manager “within a revamped structure” of the football department.

Meanwhile, a consortium of unnamed local businessman are reported to be at the early stages of putting together a bid for the club, having “sounded out” Ogren about selling.

The tycoon bought the club in 2018 but has overseen a steady decline in fortunes, both off and on the pitch.

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