Mixu Paatelainen plans overhaul at Dundee United

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen. Picture: SNS
Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen. Picture: SNS
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Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen last night promised sweeping changes as the ailing Tayside club attempt to haul themselves out of the doldrums.

The Tangerines look likely to be playing their football in the Championship next season unless there is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes over the coming weeks with just five post-split fixtures remaining.

But Paatelainen, who succeeded Jackie McNamara last October, already has radical plans to overhaul the entire club, irrespective of which league they find themselves in next season.

Paatelainen said: “There will be changes, absolutely. The changes will happen anyway because we need to be better and need to improve things.

“We need to rebuild and work hard to make the club stronger no matter what happens.

“Right now I don’t believe we are as strong as we should be and the league table says that. And I’m not only talking about on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. We need to improve things. The club needs to function much more efficiently in lots of different aspects.

“I am not saying we have poor people in place. We have some excellent people working at Tannadice. But we need to improve how efficient we are. There are many, many things.”

Paatelainen is intent on bringing the good times back to Tannadice and has wasted no time in trying to activate his plans.

He added: “I have been making plans for next season, of course.

“Obviously we will need to know where we are before we start building things for next year. But we have looked at things because there are many issues to be addressed.”

Paatelainen isn’t hiding from the fact it’s been a real slog since he took over, but refused to say it has proved to be a bigger job than first anticipated.

He said: “It has been very difficult, that’s for sure. I don’t think anyone was going to believe it would be easy. It was always going to be a relegation dogfight.”