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Laszlo on a mission to crush Crues and start reign in style


By Graham Luney

Crusaders are hoping to make it a baptism of fire for Csaba Laszlo tomorrow in the IRN-BRU Cup but the new Dundee United boss plans to get off to a blistering start with The Terrors.

Stephen Baxter's side already faced a daunting task at Tannadice in the match (1pm kick-off) but now they will have to tackle a group of players hungry to impress their new boss.

United have used the tournament as an opportunity to blood youngsters and they needed a late goal to see off Linfield and reach the quarter-finals but Laszlo's first game in charge could see more big names offered a chance to shine.

United are aiming to retain the trophy they secured with a 2-1 victory over St Mirren at Fir Park last season and the Hungarian will be desperate to start his reign on a winning note.

Laszlo has previously managed Ferencvarosi, the Ugandan national team, Hearts, Charleroi, the Lithuanian national team, MTK Budapest and Dac 1904 Dunajska Streda.

The 53-year-old, who boasts a wealth of managerial experience both at domestic and international level, met the players yesterday morning and stressed the importance of making a fast start.

Laszlo said: "It is a privilege to become Dundee United manager. This is a fantastic club and I will work hard to make sure they return to the Ladbrokes Premiership. I look forward to meeting the players. There is a good squad and good staff here and we want to win the Ladbrokes Championship.

"Before I came to the interview, I watched around seven, eight games. I looked at what is possible to do with this team, how is the quality with this team.

"The quality is there, the players there are good enough.

"You saw in the last two games the team moved in the right direction and what I have to do is continue this road."

Csaba is familiar with Scottish football having managed Hearts between 2008-2010.

He secured third spot and a European return for the Edinburgh club. Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson said: "After meeting Csaba, seeing his enthusiasm for the job and his understanding of what is required by Dundee United, he emerged as the outstanding candidate.

"Csaba's CV is very impressive and his enthusiasm infectious but after we met, the board spoke to many people who had worked with him and I believe we have secured a fantastic coach, man-manager and a highly-experienced tactician."

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