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Robbie Neilson confirmed as new Dundee United head coach

The former Hearts boss has been appointed as Csaba Laszlo's successor at Tannadice.

Deal: Neilson has joined United.
Deal: Neilson has joined United. SNS Group

Dundee United have announced the appointment of Robbie Neilson as the club's head coach.

Neilson agreed to become Csaba Laszlo's successor after talks with United chairman Mike Martin at the weekend and will now look to turn around the team's form as they aim to win promotion back to the Premiership. He has signed a deal that runs until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Neilson said, "It is an exciting opportunity at a great club and I am confident that I can lead Dundee United back to the Premiership. This is the perfect challenge for me at a club I know well and I am looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and players tomorrow and getting straight to work ahead of Saturday's match at Partick Thistle."

Chairman Mike Martin said, "I am delighted that Robbie has agreed to become Head Coach at Dundee United. From a long list of impressive applications, he was the outstanding candidate. We were convinced by his track record and experience, his style and approach to coaching and management and his plans and vision for this club."

United parted company with Laszlo on September 30 after a 5-1 home defeat to Ross County and defeat to league leaders Ayr United on Saturday under caretaker boss Laurie Ellis leaves the team in fourth place in the table, eight points off the top.

Neilson, who won the Championship as Hearts boss in 2015, finishing ahead of Hibernian and Rangers, returns to a club where he enjoyed a brief spell as a player in the 2011-12 season. 

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