Robbie Neilson positive about new Dundee United owner’s plans

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson has revealed his excitement at new owner Mark Ogren’s plans for the club and has revealed that more signings can be expected before the January window slams shut.

Minnesota-based business Mark Ogren recently purchased 85% of Dundee United and has moved quickly to appoint a sporting director and managing director at the club. In addition, the new chairman has already backed the club’s head coach with funds for four new signings with more expected.

Robbie Neilson said: “The new owner has come in with a new structure in the background and it is one that I’m very positive about and really looking forward to working under.

“When I came in I knew the kind of plans that were going on with the takeover and what their plans were for the structure of the club and it was one of the appealing things for me.

“I’ve already worked under that system, I’ve worked without that system and it is definitely beneficial when you have a sporting director in place.”

Ogren has already backed the head coach with transfer funds and Neilson, while praising the new owner’s overall plans for the club, has revealed he expects more signings to be made.

“The new owner has huge ideas about what he wants to do with the football club and he understands that to do that we have to invest in the squad,” he said.

“We have to invest in the infrastructure, we have to invest in everything in the football club to take us to where we want to go to.

“We’ve got targets we want to get in, we’ve brought a few in already, but we are still actively working on bringing more in.

“We are working on a few more.

“I said when I came in that this is a good squad here.

“Yes, we knew there had to be reinforcements brought in and some alterations to the squad, but the key was getting to the January window as close to the top as we could.

“We’ve managed to get there three points off it with 15 games to go and we know that if we can recruit a few more then we give ourselves a really good chance of getting automatic promotion.

“It is still very early in the window, but most of the recruitment gets done in the last 20 minutes of a window a lot of the time, but we want to be in a place where we are not getting caught like that.”

With players coming in there is always the expectation that players will leave..

“We’ve spoke to a few players,” he said regarding players leaving Tannadice.

“They know the situation, it is part and parcel of football as long as you are honest with them.

“The boys want to go and play, it is a case of getting a solution to get them out and get them playing.”

Meanwhile, Neilson has said that he wants to put smiles on the faces of United fans with an extended run in the Scottish Cup.

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