Dundee United Appoint Mixu Paatelainen

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 October 2015, 10:49

Mixu PaatelainenMixu Paatelainen has beaten off competition from John Hughes and Tommy Wright to land the Dundee United job, signing a contract until June 2018.

The club's former striker, who made 133 appearances as a player, returns to Tannadice Park for the first time since 1992, replacing the sacked Jackie McNamara at the helm.

The Terrors are currently rock-bottom of the Scottish Premier League following a dreadful opening 10 games, which have produced just one win, while they've already lost a whopping seven times.

  • Rock-bottom Dundee United have taken one point from their last seven SPL games, while they have just one win in 10.

Paatelainen brings with him buckets of experience, having both played and managed in Scotland on multiple occasions. The 48-year-old had spells at Dundee United, Aberdeen, Hibernian (twice), St Johnstone, St Mirren and Cowdenbeath, while he's managed the latter, with whom he led to the old third Division title, along with Hibernian and Kilmarnock, steering both to top-6 finishes.

During his time in charge of the Killie the Finn won the Manager of the Season award (2011), despite leaving the club before the end of the campaign, in order to manage Finland. Paatelainen went on to spend four years in charge of his country, before losing his job back in June.

Mixu Paatelainen's First Five Fixtures

League unless stated.

  • Hearts (h)
  • Celtic (a)
  • Ross County (h)
  • Hibernian (a - League Cup)
  • Aberdeen (a)
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