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 Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 20:04 GMT
Paterson confirms United offer
Steve Paterson with one of his manager of the month awards
Paterson confirms that he was approached by United
Steve Paterson has confirmed claims made by Inverness Caledonian Thistle that he rejected a direct approach from Dundee United for his services.

Paterson signed a new five-year deal as manager of Caley Thistle on Tuesday.

The Scottish Premier League outfit confirmed caretaker Paul Hegarty as the successor to sacked Alex Smith several hours after Paterson signed his new deal.

But United chairman Eddie Thompson sticks to his original claim that he had at no point approached Paterson about taking the manager's job.

It is understood that Paterson had become United's target after Ian McCall decided to remain at Falkirk.

On Tuesday Thompson claimed the Scottish First Division boss had sent in his CV to Tannadice.

But Paterson called a press conference at his club on Wednesday where he revealed he had actually rejected their advances at the weekend.

I decided that I couldn't go through with the Dundee United offer

Inverness Caley boss Steve Paterson
He said: "I basically had a sleepless night on Friday and by Saturday six o'clock or seven o'clock approximately I decided that, on certain grounds, and with family circumstances, I couldn't go through with the Dundee United offer."

Caley Thistle announced on Tuesday that he and assistant Duncan Shearer would be contracted to them until the end of season 2006-07.

And Director of football Graeme Bennett had said afterwards: "To put the record straight, Steve was the subject of an approach from Dundee United to be their manager.

"But we are delighted he has chosen to stay."

The Highland club had been angered by United's approach, but Bennett said that, as far as they are concerned, the issue was over.

"In making this decision, we don't believe that Steve is closing the door to managing at Premier division level," he said.

"He can achieve that at this club, or at another, as the opportunity arises.

But the Premier League club are sticking by their claims.

At no time did Dundee United make a direct approach to him or to Inverness

Dundee United spokesman
A spokesman for the club said: "Firstly we stand by everything we said at yesterday's (Tuesday) press conference.

"Under no circumstances would the chairman of Dundee United Football Club make a formal job offer to someone he has never met and he has never met Mr Paterson.

"What is sure, however, is that Steve Paterson applied for the job on 10 October via his agent.

"At no time did Dundee United make a direct approach to him or to Inverness.

"Conversations took place between the club and his agent.

"Similar conversations took place with several other candidates with indicative terms outlined to all of their representatives."

But the Dundee club attempted to end the feud by adding:

"To bring this matter to a close we are happy for Mr Paterson that he has managed to secure a five-year deal with his club."

See also:

05 Nov 02 | Dundee Utd
28 Oct 02 | Inverness CT
10 Oct 02 | Scotland
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