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Steve McClaren to Dundee United talks continue as Tony Ashgar looks to smooth over crucial stumbling block

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Dundee United have held positive talks with Steve McClaren and he is mulling over a possible move to Tannadice.

Record Sport revealed yesterday that United sporting director Tony Asghar was to hold discussions with the England manager.

Asghar travelled south to meet with the 59-year-old and returned on Monday evening.

He was in a series of Zoom calls with the United board and American-based chairman Mark Ogren, as they moved closer to appointing Robbie Neilson’s successor.

The Scottish Football Association’s performance director Malky Mackay has already been interviewed.



Malky Mackay

The United manager’s job has still to be formally offered to a preferred candidate.

Micky Mellon is also on the Tannadice shortlist but Tranmere Rovers claim they have so far had no approach.

A major issue on any appointment will be money as Mackay will need to take a cut from his Hampden wage and McClaren will also need to agree to a reduction in his customary salary.

His last job was Queen’s Park Rangers but he has also managed Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Derby and Twente, whom he guided to the Dutch title.

McClaren has moved to as short as 1/10 with some bookmakers.

Mackay had been the early favourite but he has had a mixed reaction from elements of the United support on social media due to the fall-out from his time at Cardiff City, although he has since managed Wigan and been in post with the SFA.

Former Dundee United boss Craig Levein knows the only way Mackay could win over the doubters is to win games.




Levein, speaking to the BBC, said: “That’s the way it is, and that’s what will happen.

“If he doesn’t win matches then those voices will grow.

“It’s very difficult, especially with everything that’s going on just now in the world.

“I can understand there will be certain people who will just point-blank refuse to have Malky as the manager of their team.

“If you go back to when Malky sent those texts at Cardiff, his career was on the rise at that time.

“Malky doesn’t need me to say it, but to get involved in something like that was just a huge, huge problem for him.

“He’s suffered for it, of course, but you just wonder whether he’ll ever manage to shake it off.

“I don’t know if he can, particularly considering what’s going on just now, I think it will be quite difficult for him. “

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