Robbie Neilson still looking to bolster Dundee United coaching staff

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson is still on the hunt for a coach to join his backroom team at Tannadice, however he won’t rush into an appointment that may not fit his ethos.

Neilson joined the club with Laurie Ellis and goalkeeping coach Neil Alexander in place but it has been stated from within the club that there remains plans to appoint an additional coach to assist Neilson, particularly with the forward players.

The United boss has revealed that he is still looking to fill the coaching vacancy but has stressed the importance of getting the right sort of character to compliment what he is trying to build at Tannadice.

“I am still looking to get someone in,” said Neilson.

“I have spoken to the chairman a few times about it, he is keen for me to get someone but the most important thing for us is that we get the right person.

“The right type of person and the right type of character that can come into this environment because we are trying to push things forward and be positive.

“So, the person that comes in it will be vital that they match that kind of criteria and culture that we are looking for.

One name that had been discussed was that of Neilson’s longtime assistant Stevie Crawford who has worked with Neilson at Hearts and MK Dons. Unfortunately for the United boss, Crawford is committed to his current role at Dunfermline where he is reserve team manager and first team coach.

“There have been a lot of names put about and obviously I have worked with Stevie previously,” he said.

“But Stevie is part of another club at the moment, so I am not going to start commenting on that.

“I think the most important thing is that we get the right person.”

Meanwhile, some of Neilson’s squad had been hit with a bug at the beginning of the week’s training, however he expects to have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s visit to Dunfermline.

“We have had a couple of wee bugs at the start of the week,” he said.

“Guys had just wee niggles here and there, not feeling great, but I expect everyone to be back for Thursday.”

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