Dundee United: Mixu Paatelainen new head coach

Dundee United have announced they have appointed Mixu Paatelainen as their new head coach.

The former United striker, who scored 47 goals in 173 games for the Arabs between 1987 and 1992, has signed a deal with the club until June 2018.

Paatelainen will be tasked with turning around United’s dismal start to the season under Jackie McNamara, which has left them bottom of the table after 10 games. His first game in charge will be against Hearts on Sunday.

The club’s chairman Stephen Thompson said: “I am delighted to welcome Mixu back to the club as our new head coach. He served United with distinction as a player and will do the same as a manager.

“His desire to come back to the club was clear from the first minute we spoke. He was the first person we spoke to and also the last.

“His experience combined with his vision and enthusiasm for the club made him the standout candidate and we are thrilled to announce his appointment.”

Paatelainen, who has a wealth of experience in the Scottish game, returns after a four-year stint with national side Finland.

In 2006, the 48-year-old steered Cowdenbeath to the Third Division title before having spells with Hibernian and Kilmarnock – where he won the Scottish Football Writer’s manager of the year award in 2011.

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