Robbie Neilson: I can build something at Dundee United
Neilson said he spoke to Partick Thistle but had his mind set on Tannadice.
Dundee United's new head coach Robbie Neilson has said that the opportunity to build a team was the driving force behind his decision to move to Tannadice.
The former Hearts and MK Dons boss was appointed as Csaba Laszlo's successor on Monday.
Neilson's primary target is to take United back to the Premiership but he said that the long-term project was the main attraction.
He said: "When I left MK I wanted the opportunity to go somewhere that I thought I could build something and somewhere that excited me when I went in, and this certainly does.
"I'm really, really excited about it.
""As soon as the opportunity came to come here, this was the number one target for me to get in and speak to (chairman) Mike (Martin) and make sure I was here."
Partick Thistle made a last minute move to try to persuade the 38-year-old to take the reins at Firhill following Alan Archibald's departure but Neilson said he was already mentally in the Tannadice dugout.
"Yes there was contact from other clubs but I think you have to do that out of courtesy, speak to them, because Partick are a fantastic football club and they're good, good people," he said.
"Gerry (Britton) is a great guy and he wanted to speak to me but I had already spoken to Mike and I had made my mind up to be honest with you."