Robbie Neilson glad he waited for ‘exciting job’ at Dundee United

Robbie Neilson has expressed his delight at returning to management and says he is glad that he turned down other opportunities before Dundee United came calling.

“It is so good to be back,” he said.

“The first day on Tuesday had been a long time since — I had done a bit of coaching here and there sporadically just to see people and try to learn things but to actually be at the coalface and really working towards something on a Saturday has been great.

“It has been great to get back in.”

Neilson had received a number of offers after he left MK Dons in January 2018, however he feels it was right to take some time to assess things and he is glad he did.

“I said the other day when I was speaking that when I came out I had a chance to go back in again down in England,” he said.

“But I decided not to do it and it is probably the best thing I did because a lot of people say you need to get back in the saddle and go again but the majority of people said you have to take a bit of time off and just reflect on it for maybe two or three months.

“I did that, and I am so pleased.

“It probably wasn’t until May, June time that I really felt really hungry to get back in again after the MK (Dons) experience.

“I was hoping something would happen over the summer but thankfully I waited, and I’ve managed to get a really exciting job – one that is firing me up in the morning.

“I am getting up at six in the morning again like I used to do so it is great to have a focus.”

The new United head coach had previously moved his family down to England when he took the MK Dons job and from a family perspective he is happy to now have a job in Scotland.

“It’s great for the kids to be with the grandparents around the corner and the family so it is good from that perspective,” he said.

“They’re going to stay in Glasgow and I’m going to get a flat up in this area and they are going to come back and forwards as we need to because my wife knows that as soon as you get back into football you don’t see them anyway.

“It doesn’t matter if you are down in England or you are up in Scotland you are away most of the day and most of the week anyway, but they are pleased that they’ve got me out the house.”

Meanwhile, Neilson says that a win in his first game as head coach against Partick Thistle would be the perfect way to start building momentum.

“It would be huge and that is what we are aiming to do,” he said.

“We want to try and build momentum as quick as we can.

“We really hope it will be Saturday.

“I won’t sit here and say we expect to win, we expect to put on a good performance and to work hard and if we do that we give ourselves the best chance of winning.

“If we can get a result it would be great because it would take us into a home game against Inverness where we can hopefully start to unite the club again, get some excitement and get people here because we hope it is the start of a new dawn.”

Dundee United’s trip to Firhill to face Partick Thistle kicks off at 3pm.

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