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Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson blasts players in apology to fans

Dundee Utd Chairman Stephen Thompson (SNS Group / Craig Watson)
Stephen Thompson (SNS Group / Craig Watson)

Thompson released a statement through the club’s website after the Tangerines slumped to a 3-0 defeat last night, a loss which leaves United 13 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

He said: “As Chairman of the Club, I would like apologise to all Dundee United supporters for the abysmal performance last night against Motherwell. The current position at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership is wholly unacceptable. It is not where Dundee United should be under any circumstance.”

Thompson accepted that some of the decisions made at boardroom level had also been “incorrect”, adding: “The board and myself have made certain decisions in the last eighteen months which in hindsight were incorrect but were made for the greater good of the Club and with the ambition of maintaining our position at the top of Scottish football, something we have done successfully for the last eight years.

United were only one point adrift when Mixu Paatelainen took over (SNS Group)
United were only one point adrift when Mixu Paatelainen took over (SNS Group)

“This included supporting a playing squad that commands the third highest wage bill in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

“However, we have failed miserably on the pitch with only three wins in 25 league matches and an early exit from the League Cup. Performances such as last night simply cannot be tolerated. The current playing squad now have thirteen matches to preserve the Club’s premiership status and redeem their own professional reputations.”

The first of those thirteen matches comes on Saturday as Hearts visit Tannadice.