Dundee United not giving up on appointing John Hughes


Dundee United will not give up hope of luring John Hughes to Tannadice Park after learning the Inverness boss is keen to talk about the vacancy, according to reports.

United turned their attention to Caley Thistle manager Hughes after missing out on number one target Tommy Wright but were initially rebuffed by Thistle.

However, according to the Daily Record, the Terrors board will attempt to reopen the lines of communications on hearing that Hughes is willing to discuss the post.

United parted company with Jackie McNamara after a poor start to the season and while Wright was the preferred candidate at first, Hughes’ ability to win the Scottish Cup last year and guide Caley to third place means he is now the top choice.

Ladbrokes were forced to suspend betting on Hughes talking over at Tannadice last week after a flood of bets saw the price crash from 25/1 to 4/6.

The market is now open again but with Hughes the overwhelming favourite at 4/11 it appears the Terrors have eyes for only one man.

Stuart McCall (7/4), Mixu Paatelainen (8/1) and Wright (12/1) remain in the running as far as the betting is concerned, but the market suggests only a last-minute change of heart on either side stands between the former Falkirk, Hibs, Livingston and Hartlepool boss moving to Tayside.

United face Hearts at home next in the Ladbrokes Premiership, and despite lacking a manager go into the game as only narrow underdogs.

The Jambos get top billing as 7/5 favourites, but the Terrors, with or without Hughes, are not being discounted, with odds of 7/4 suggesting the bottom side can pick up a first win in nine games.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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