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Dundee United sack Paatelainen

Dundee United have sacked Mixu Paatelainen after their relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed following a 2-1 defeat to Dundee.

Paatelainen was appointed boss in October 2015 but just won eight of his 30 matches in charge and consequently was unable to save the club from the drop.

The Finn urged the board not to sack him, insisting it would be foolish to do so but it appears his pleas have fell on deaf ears.

In a short statement on the club website, the club said: “Dundee United Football Club and Mixu Paatelainen have agreed the departure of Paatelainen as First Team Head Coach with immediate effect.

“The Club thanks Mixu for his service and will now begin the search for a new Head Coach.”

Paatelainen added: “I would like to thank the players, staff and supporters. It has been a difficult winter and the challenge was huge but nevertheless I have enjoyed every day working for the Club and with this group of players”.

Former United player and current Peterhead boss Jim McInally is among the favourites to takeover after being nominated for the PFA Scotland manager of the year. Former Dundee United youth coach Ian Cathro is also in the frame as is Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnnon.

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