Tony Asghar insists he’s not had his ego bruised after losing three Dundee United bosses in as many seasons. The Tangerines chief believes Jack Ross, the new gaffer, can boost the self-esteem in Tannadice.
He believes Ross is better than his predecessors. Asghar, Terrors’ sporting director has been forced to return to the hunt after Robbie Neilson (Micky Mellon) and Tam Courts quit the club in quick succession.
Steven Pressley, a former United stalwart, claimed last week that rapid turnover among managers was a sign of something. “not quite right”His old club. Asghar insisted that each member had his own reasons for leaving the club. He pointed out that their sudden departures did not stop the upward curve that has brought United back to Europe for the first-time in a decade.
He said: “I don’t take it personally. It’s indicative of the way football is now. Everybody’s looking for their next move. The role of a sporting director allows for a manager to adapt and make us better.
“It shouldn’t really affect things if someone else leaves their job. Everyone who left the football club was on good terms, and Jack will hopefully be there for a longer time. It’s challenging for me. I’m the common denominator. I’m the one that stays. The club must strive to have some sustained success.
“That means managers will come and sometimes do so well that someone else will take them. We need to bring someone in to take it up a level. Two of the managers who left were head-hunted to other clubs, while another went through a tough Covid time and wanted a move down south.
“Now we are at the stage where Jack is the ideal candidate to take us to the next level for a bit longer. He’s looking at the club and saying we’re really positive but we believe he can take us to an extra dimension. No disrespect to what we’ve had before, the guys have done their specific roles, but Jack’s on a different level for Dundee United.”
Courts quit earlier this month to take up a surprise job at Hungarians Hoved and it’s no shock to Ashgar that the rookie boss attracted interest abroad. He said: “Tam got us into the top four and got us out of the League Cup group section which we’d never done before. He achieved a lot of things.
“We’re here to develop people as well as players. I’m not surprised people were coming in for him. There was interest from England as well and people would ask questions of me. Tam made a decision to talk to a few clubs and made the decision to go and take his career into European football. Good luck to him.”