I’ve almost ran out things to say about the current Dundee United squad and manager. What can you say when you are just recycling the same performances, the same problems and the same feelings? Yet another dismal defeat on Tuesday night and yet again we fail to muster even a handful of shots on goal. Inverness dominated us and they are just the latest in a long line of teams that have been able to roll over Dundee United without so much as a whimper from our players. My dad told me last Saturday that as a fan you support the club rather than the team. To that end I absolutely do support Dundee United Football Club and I am proud to do so. This particular team? This particular manager? Nah, you’re alright. They don’t really deserve my support at the moment. The money, the time and the energy we give as fans is not being matched by the players on the park and the man in the dugout. This is made all the more evident when you look at Hamilton, Motherwell, St.Johnstone, St.Mirren, Kilmarnock, Livingston and all the other sides that manage to get the absolute maximum out of a similar budget (and in many cases smaller). We have the resources (at the moment), we have the facilities and we have the fans so why don’t we seem to be able to have the team or the manager?
Coll Donaldson was quoted in the newspapers last weekend talking about the toxic and poisonous atmosphere at Dundee United. He was talking about the supporters who he believed turned Tannadice in to a horrible place to play your football. He is right, there is a poison at Dundee United, but it isn’t the fans. It always amazes me when supporters are singled out as being a root cause of problems at a football club. Yes the fans are angry, yes they are making themselves heard but to be honest who can blame them?
The build up to the game tomorrow has been pretty low-key but that is to be expected given the current mood. The only real moments of interest have come in the shape of two interviews. Harry Lewis took the opportunity on Wednesday to tell the press that we are basically a complete shambles at the moment. It is rare to get a bit of genuine honesty rather than the same recycled soundbites but he may have overstepped the mark in the manager’s eyes given he closed his interview talking about the lack of “structure” in the team. The other interview of interest was from Paul Sturrock. The recently appointed ‘Head of Recruitment for England’ is now in Dundee to actually do some coaching alongside Laszlo and Ellis. He gave an interview to the press on Thursday and was asked about his thoughts on a potential return to management. He shot these suggestions down and to be honest it was the right thing to do. Not only would a move for Sturrock to be the next United manager simply not work it is also clear that he is still quite an ill man and management is behind him.
Team news for tomorrow’s game against Morton is pretty straightforward as it looks like Tam Scobbie is the only injury concern beyond the long-term absentees. I won’t make a prediction for a starting eleven tomorrow not only because I’m still in the huff with United and I can’t be bothered but also Laszlo has been rotating his team pretty wildly for the last few games and there is no telling what he might do tomorrow. the last time we faced Morton it was one of the most humiliating defeats in recent memory as they cruised to a 3-0 over Tannadice. You would hope that the players would be keen to put things right tomorrow but then again we are talking about Dundee United.
If we do lose at Cappielow then what next? We are in serious danger of missing out on a playoff spot if we lose even a couple of games between now and the end of the season. Surely the board would make a call on Laszlo if we were to lose to Morton…