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Dundee United appoint Peter Houston as new manager


Houston is sure his players can get even better

Dundee United have appointed Peter Houston as the club's new manager.

The 51-year-old, who won the Scottish Cup last season and steered the club to third in the Scottish Premier League, has agreed a three-year deal.

"I'm absolutely privileged and honoured to be the manager of Dundee United. For me, the hard works starts now," he told BBC Scotland.

Houston became interim boss in December following Craig Levein departure to manage Scotland.

Houston will continue to assist Levein with the Scotland national side, but he stressed it would not be to the detriment of his commitments at Tannadice.

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson had previously stated that nobody else was being considered for the job and that Houston had proved his capabilities with his record last term.

To add my name to the list, I hope to emulate some of my predecessors

Dundee United manager
Peter Houston

"There's been some very good past managers here at Dundee United. To add my name to the list, I hope to emulate some of my predecessors," said Houston.

"We've had a good season: putting the Scottish Cup on the boardroom table and a nice position in third," he added.

"For me, all the hard work starts because expectations get higher and, if we can keep the same squad, or even add one or two, I'd be delighted.

"We're looking forward to pre-season now."

Houston said he was keen to keep his squad at Tannadice intact following the successes of the previous campaign.

"My hope is that none of them move on," he added.

"But, to be realistic, this club needs to bring some money in. If a big-money bid is put in for one of our players, you've got to accept it.


"Football clubs in Scotland just now are finding it very tough; Dundee United are exactly the same."

On becoming caretaker in December, Houston initially indicated he did not want the job after his side suffered a 7-1 hammering by Rangers in his second game in charge.

And United looked set to appoint Pat Fenlon as Levein's successor until negotiations broke down with Bohemians about compensation.

However, after Houston carried on in his interim role, United went on to finish nine points ahead of fourth-placed Hibernian in the SPL and ended the season by defeating Ross County 3-0 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden.

"To beat last season is going to take some doing," Houston added.

"If you win the Scottish Cup and finish third - well clear of the team in fourth - it's going to be really difficult.

"I'm sure if the United fans see the same effort and commitment from the players, and a wee bit of a rub of the green, then I know they'll be right behind us."

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