Dundee United fans should give new manager Thomas Court time, according to Tony Asghar.


Dundee United fans should give new manager Thomas Court time, according to Tony Asghar.

Tony Asghar has urged Dundee United supporters to give Thomas Court time, but has warned the new Tannadice manager that he will be expected to achieve a top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership within a year.

Following Micky Mellon’s resignation, Tangerines youth academy chief Court, 39, has been given the keys to the first-team locker room.

The selection of the former Kelty Hearts manager, however, has not gone over well with United supporters, who are concerned about his lack of ambition.

Courts, on the other hand, has the full support of Asghar and Mark Ogren, the club’s owner.

They are so adamant about their top-six goal for the upcoming season that they are unwilling to budge.

Asghar stated as Courts was officially presented at Tannadice, “Any management appointment is a chance – but this is a calculated one because Thomas has been here for the previous 18 months and we know what he can offer to the table.”

“The implication is that we’re bringing in a new manager, but I don’t see it that way.

“Whether it’s through Google or the media, fans will always conduct their own due diligence on a manager. But we’ve spoken to everyone in the football department, and they’re all on board, even the senior players who are quite enthusiastic.

“He took the team against Livingston last year when Micky was isolating, and they enjoyed the way he went about his job, so I think the risk isn’t as large as some people make it out to be.

“Last year, it was evident we were a team coming up from the Championship, but having a strong identity of attractive football is part of our long-term goal. The supporters here deserve it, and they’ve asked for it, so Thomas will deliver on that front as well.

“The fans are right to be skeptical, but we need to put a club on the field that wins games and plays entertaining football to show them otherwise.

“The owner’s goal is for us to constantly finish in the top six. Mickey performed an excellent job. (This is a brief piece.)


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