Paatelainen set for Dundee United job

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HITC Sport understands Mixu Paatelainen is poised to be named the new Dundee United manager.

Dundee United are close to naming former Hibernian and Kilmarnock boss Mixu Paatelainen as their new manager, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the Finn.

Dundee United are looking for a new manager after Jackie McNamara left last month following a poor run of form.

The likes of St Johnstone's Tommy Wright and Inverness Caledonian Thistle's John Hughes have been linked with the vacancy at Tannadice, but saw approaches for the duo rejected.

It has left the way clear for former Dundee United striker Paatelainen, and the popular Finn is now poised to take the job after holding talks with United officials.

Paatelainen is currently out of work after leaving his role as Finland coach in June and he is keen to get back into management.

Paatelainen is a big fans' favourite at Dundee United after starting his career in Scotland at Tannadice, scoring 33 goals during a five-year spell at the club.

The 48-year-old, who was named PFA Scotland manager of the year in 2010/11 while at Kilmarnock, was thought to be keen on a move to England to continue his management career, but he has now decided to accept the offer to return to Tannadice.

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