Former Hibernian and Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen is set to be named as the new manager of Dundee United, according to reports.
The Finn is expected to take over this week following the sacking of Jackie McNamara last month, with the 48-year-old returning to the club where he made over 130 appearances between 1987 and 1992.
During his playing career, the former Finland striker earned 70 international caps and played for Haka, Aberdeen, Bolton Wanderers, Wolves, Hibs, Strasbourg, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Cowdenbeath at club level.
Paatelainen has a wealth of experience in Scotland both as a player, but also as a manager. He started his managerial career at Central Park with Cowdenbeath, leading them to the old Third Division title.
He managed Hibernian to a top six finish in the then-Scottish Premier League, but felt the wrath of the fans for the style of play his team were playing and he eventually left Easter Road after 18 months.
The 48-year-old was named the Scottish football writers’ manager of the year in his one and only season at Kilmarnock where he led them to a top six finish, but did not see the end of the campaign as he was appointed Finland’s head coach before the season concluded.
United are currently rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership and if he is unveiled in time, Paatelainen’s first game in charge will be at home against Hearts.
Paatelainen had been a 6/1 favourite to be appointed United manager after McNamara’s sacking, and despite approaches by the club for St.Johnstone’s Tommy Wright and Inverness’ John Hughes – which were rejected – it now appears that United have finally appointed their man.
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