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Dundee Utd manager Mixu Paatelainen wins manager of the month award

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Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen has won Ladbrokes Premiership manager of the month following a turnaround in the fortunes of the Tannadice side.

But the Finnish manager insisted that he was only a ‘small part’ of the resurgence paying tribute to his players.

Speaking following the announcement, Paatelainen said: “I’m just a small part of it. Ultimately, it is the players who do the work on the pitch and are the most important people. We had a relatively good month. Everybody put the effort in.

“Obviously it’s a sign that last month we did well and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Just last month it looked like United were destined for the drop, but thanks to this month’s form of three wins and one draw, United have closed the gap on Kilmarnock to just eight points and with the Ayrshire side in freefall – there is hope at the Dundee side that they can do the impossible and escape the automatic relegation zone.

The award also follows United’s 3-2 win over Ross County in the Scottish Cup to reach the semi final, where they will face either Hibernian or Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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