Boardroom and boss changes needed says Dundee United fans group

first_imgDundee United need changes in both the boardroom and dugout according to the chairman of leading supporters’ group the ArabTRUST.Gavin Muir watched as his side were resigned to almost certain relegation after losing 3-1 to Hamilton Accies on Sunday and wants both Mixu Paatelainen and Stephen Thompson to depart the Tayside club.Midfielder John Rankin admitted United would need a football miracle to avoid the drop as they sit eight points adrift of Kilmarnock with just four games remaining.While Muir wants to see the back of the club’s Finnish manager, who has won just 19 points from a possible 72 since taking over in October, he understands a longer process will be required when it comes to a change of directors. Calling for a controlled handover of power and the introduction of interim directors to source investment, Muir told STV: “The next important thing for the club is to ensure a good level of season ticket sales and for that to happen there needs to be changes both on and off the park.“Mixu’s record has been terrible, there’s no hiding from it. Performances have been very, very poor and we are where we are because we haven’t been good enough and that’s been echoed in the boardroom as well. “There’s no confidence amongst the support that the current board of directors can actually change things around.”Muir went on to reflect supporters’ fears that administration could be on the horizon as a result of the drop, saying it would be a fatal blow to the club. Annual accounts, released last week, showed the wage to turnover ratio has increased and player sales are required going forward to sustain operating losses.United’s figures also point out a “significant future funding requirement” would be needed within the next year if the club were to continue trading once dropping down to the Championship.Muir raised concerns over the loss of finances despite the income figures increasing on an annual basis, highlighting a lack of trust between supporters and the club’s board.“Administration would be Armageddon for the club and it’s something we all have to work towards ensuring doesn’t happen,” he added.“The club have had unprecedented levels of transfer income over the last few seasons and that should have put the club on a sound financial footing for several years to come. “But the club continue to have huge operating losses, nearly £800,000 in the last financial year and potentially even higher than that in this financial year. That’s not sustainable and the reasons for that has to lie with the current board.”last_img read more