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MELLON IS UNITED’S MAIN MAN

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MICKY MELLON has been named new manager of Dundee United on a two-year contract.

The 48-year-old Scot has quit Tranmere Rovers to take over from Robbie Neilson at the newly-promoted Premiership outfit who had to thrash out a compensation deal with the League Two club.

Mellon, speaking to the club website, said: “I am very happy to be here at Dundee United.

“The challenge of managing the club in the Premiership is an exciting one. I look forward to meeting the players and am really keen to get started.”

The Tayside outfit’s sporting director Tony Asghar said: “After a rigorous process where we spoke to a large number of excellent candidates, we see Micky as the man to lead our team into the Scottish Premiership and continue the success we have achieved so far.

“Having known Micky for many years, his record of being a winner cannot be understated and his enthusiasm and standing in the game make him an ideal fit to the culture at Tannadice.

“He is a players’ manager and someone who will embrace the fans and local community, which is highlighted by him moving to the local area with his family.

“I would also like to thank (owner) Mark Palios at Tranmere for his professional and respectful manner during the negotiations.”

Paisley-born Mellon led Tranmere to two successive promotions, but they were relegated from League One last month after clubs voted to end the season early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Palios said “Micky has been with us for a long time by the standards of football.

“Having joined us at our lowest point in the non-League, he led us to three Wembley trips and back-to-back promotions to League One, and in doing so secured his place in the Tranmere history books.

“Although the current season, which ended in our demotion to League Two in the cruellest of fashions, is a sad note on which to leave, I have no doubt that, had we been allowed to play the season out, he would have kept us up.

“I am disappointed that Micky wished to move on, but, as a Scot, the opportunity to manage in the Scottish Premier League was one which was too good for him to miss and I did not feel it was right to stand in his way.”

United are back in the Premiership for the first time since the 2015/16 season and will begin the campaign with a Tayside derby against St Johnstone on Saturday, August 1.

Neilson guided them back to the top flight before returning to Hearts who were demoted at the end of the campaign.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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