26 Sep St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee United: Time’s up for McNamara
By Laura Brannan at McDiarmid Park
Jackie McNamara has managed his last game as Dundee United boss after his side threw away a one goal lead against 10-man St Johnstone.
McNamara and the chairman Stephen Thompson held talks after the game and reports suggest McNamara will step down after this defeat although there’s been no official confirmation from the club.
Goals from Graham Cummins and Simon Lappin cancelled out Billy McKay’s opener to leave the Tannadice side with just one win in nine league games this season.
Alan Mannus was dismissed midway through the first-half for a last-man challenge on McKay. The striker converted from the spot but the home side never looked out of the match.
Cummins headed home just after the hour mark and 10 minutes from time substitute Lappin struck the killer blow.
The 1,400 travelling fans voiced their opinions of McNamara as chairman Stephen Thompson watched on from the stands.
The longest reigning manager in the Scottish Premiership didn’t speak to media after the game, though.
His assistant Simon Donnelly faced the press and said it was the most disappointing result of the season.
“Its frustrating, it’s disappointing,” he said. “It’s baffling how we can lose a game in the position we were in.
“St Johnstone bullied us. It’s criminal what we’ve done today.
“We didn’t deal with the physical side. We warned them at half-time about set pieces and then we concede from one. It’s really soft goals from our point of view.”
When asked why he was speaking to the media instead of McNamara, Donnelly said; “It’s part and parcel with my job, I sometimes have to do the press with you guys.
“I appreciate you guys will suggest and speculate everything but I’ve been asked to come out and do it today.”