Paul Sturrock returns to Dundee United in chief scout role

Paul Sturrock is back working for Dundee United after being appointed the club’s chief scout in England.

The 61-year-old former United player, coach and manager has rejoined the club less than a week after Mike Martin took over as chairman following Stephen Thompson’s immediate departure.

United say the ex-Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon, Southend and Yeovil boss will report directly to manager Csaba Laszlo.

Sturrock scored 171 goals in 574 appearances for United, the only team he played for, and helped them win the league title in 1983.

The former Scotland international forward moved into a coaching role after his retirement and then returned to Tannadice as manager in 1998 following a spell in charge of St Johnstone, before resigning two years later.

Sturrock, whose last managerial post – at Yeovil – ended in 2015, told United’s official website: “I am delighted to be back working for my club.

“I met with chairman Mike Martin and manager Csaba Laszlo earlier this week and I felt that we all shared the same belief on the best way forward for Dundee United.

“I look forward to working hard and using my knowledge of the English game to bring talent to the club.”

Martin added: “Paul’s passion for the club is very evident and his knowledge of the lower leagues in England remains outstanding. Recruitment from England has to play a big part in our ability to produce talent right through the ranks.

“Seeing the instant connection between him and Csaba and after listening to Paul’s views in our meetings over the last few days, I do not doubt that this appointment will be productive for United and I am excited to welcome Paul back to Dundee United.”