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Paatelainen heads for exit door after Dundee United’s tale of woe

By Staff Reporter

Dundee United have announced head coach Mixu Paatelainen has left the club following their relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

The 49-year-old’s position was always likely to be under threat after a disappointing season ended with defeat to neighbours Dundee on Monday which confirmed they would be playing Championship football next season.

Appointed in October, the former Hibernian, Kilmarnock and Finland boss could not turn things around for the club he represented for five years.

In a statement released by the club, Paatelainen (above) said: “I would like to thank the players, staff and supporters.

“It has been a difficult winter and the challenge was huge but nevertheless I have enjoyed every day working for the club and with this group of players.”

Paatelainen’s position appeared untenable after chairman Stephen Thompson released a statement to fans on Tuesday which failed to mention the Finn.

“Dundee United have let you, the supporters, down this season,” his statement read.

“I apologise unreservedly to all of you for our relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership. As chairman I accept full responsibility for what has happened. The big decisions were mine and I got some of them wrong.

“I have backed managers with the third biggest budget in the league but the results have not been acceptable.”

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