Dundee United have officially confirmed the appointment of Thomas Courts as the club’s new Head Coach.

The 39-year-old has been working as the Tannadice club’s Head of Tactical Performance and took temporary charge of the first-team in December last season as former manager Micky Mellon and his coaching staff were isolated with Covid-19.

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Thomas Courts is Dundee United head coach. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Courts said: “I feel really excited and privileged to be taking charge at Dundee United. When I got the offer to speak to the Club I was optimistic because I felt I was ready for the challenge. At each part of the process, I felt that I gave a good account of myself and articulated my vision for the Club moving forward.

“I’m now sitting as the new Head Coach of Dundee United Football Club in the Scottish Premiership. I’ve got 300 games under my belt as a manager.  The fans are getting an experienced manager, one who has a proven capability of winning, developing players and also being open and receptive to giving opportunities to young players as well.

“This is where I want to be, the calibre of player I want to work with on a day-to-day basis and this is the stature of club I feel I can propel myself into and drive the Club to the next level. There has been a little bit of energy online surrounding the appointment but I want to harness that energy.

“I’ve seen the fans at this ground suck the ball into the net and turn Tannadice into a cauldron in the Dundee derby. Any energy that has been online is something I want to harness and redirect on to the pitch when the fans come back into the stadium. I think the fans should be excited. We’ve got the foundations laid here.”

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