29 Sep Dundee Utd: Thompson defends decision to sack McNamara
Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has defended the decision to sack Jackie McNamara, insisting they “backed him as much as they could”.
McNamara was relieved of his duties as United boss following a miserable start to the season, which has left them in the relegation play-off spot with just one win in nine games.
The 2-1 defeat to 10-man St Johnstone on Saturday spelled the end of McNamara at Tannadice, who had led the club to three successive top-six finishes and two Cup finals.
Jackie McNamara Snr, who played for Celtic and Hibernian in the 70s’, was “disgusted” by his son’s treatment but Thompson defended the club’s decision to dismiss McNamara.
“The board had been discussing it ongoing for a while – where we were as a club, where we think we should be and the support we had given to the manager etc,” Thompson told BBC Scotland.
“It was very, very hard on a personal level because, as a chairman, you build a relationship with your manager. You speak two, three four times a day.
“As a board, we decided it was the right thing for the club; We feel as though we’ve backed him as much as we could even to the point we signed a couple of players right at the end of the transfer window.
“It’s always a difficult decision to make in football.”
Thompson says the process of finding McNamara’s successor is well under way but they won’t go down the road of appointing a rookie.
He added: “We’re going to have think rationally and calmly and get the right person in here to run what we believe is a great opportunity for somebody.
“Me, as chairman, I would not be bringing in someone that’s never managed before.
“The world’s a small place, they could be from anywhere in the world.”