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Friday, 13 October, 2000, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK
Tommy's return meets with criticism
Tommy McLean
Tommy McLean is returning to Tannadice
Tommy McLean is to be given a permanent role on the Dundee United coaching staff, despite criticism from some fans.

Indeed, the former manager and brother of chairman Jim McLean may also be joined by another former No.1, Paul Hegarty.

McLean, who also managed Motherwell and Hearts, had been helping assistant John Blackley with training while current United manager Alex Smith was out the country with the Scotland Under-21 side.

However, on his return, Smith responded to criticisms around the city by stating: "Tommy has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game.

You want the best players around you and you also want the best coaches: Tommy's in that category.
  Alex Smith

"He is available to help us and will be a great asset.

"It does not concern me one bit that he is an ex-manager of the club and is brother of the chairman.

"You want the best players around you and you also want the best coaches: Tommy's in that category.

"Bringing him in is something that's been on my mind for some time now."

Smith also revealed that there could be a position for Hegarty, who was a club legend in his playing days but had a difficult time as Aberdeen manager, although he was not revealing what that would be as yet.

Meanwhile, Jim McLean is set to be called to explain himself to the SFA following complaints from a referee for remarks made at an under-21 game against St Johnstone.

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