Dundee United could promote academy coach Thomas Courts to the position of head coach as Micky Mellon leaves the club, one year after joining from Tranmere Rovers.

Courts stood in for Mellon on the touchline in 2020 as Dundee United’s management team was briefly forced into self-isolation due to Covid-19. He has previously managed Kelty Hearts and has served the Tannadice club as head of tactical performance in the youth academy. Courts is the frontrunner for the vacant head coach role (Daily Mail).

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Could be Dundee United’s next head coach. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon joined Dundee United last year from Tranmere Rovers and has been linked with a move back to the English club in recent weeks. He guided United to safety in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership following time in the Championship, finishing ninth, also getting the club to a Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Tannadice club say they want to appoint a coach ‘in accordance with our long term performance strategy.’ Mellon said of his exit: “I am immensely proud to have been Manager of Dundee United and my role in improving the Club’s standing within Scottish football.

“In what has been an unprecedented season due to the pandemic and in the absence of the opportunity to have a close relationship with the fantastic fan base, I leave content that I have played a substantial part in taking this Club forward.

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On the move. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I would like to thank the players and staff at Dundee United for their hard work and endeavour on my behalf, the board for their support during my time here and all the supporters who I had the opportunity to meet.”

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