Dundee United have named Micky Mellon as the club’s new head coach after agreeing compensation with Tranmere Rovers for the manager.
United have been searching for a replacement since Robbie Neilson, who led the team to the Championship title last season, left to return to Hearts.
Mellon told United’s website: “I am very happy to be here at Dundee United. The challenge of managing the club in the Premiership is an exciting one. I look forward to meeting the players and am really keen to get started.”
Paisley-born Mellon has worked in England since travelling south to join Bristol City as a player in 1989. The former midfielder played for a number of lower league sides, including lengthy spells at Blackpool, Burnley and Tranmere.
Mellon began his management career at Fleetwood in 2008 and was in charge at Highbury for four years, leading the club into the Football League.
The Scot was in charge of Shrewsbury Town for two years and joined Tranmere in 2016, masterminding successive promotions.
United sporting director Tony Asghar said: “I am delighted to welcome Micky Mellon to Dundee United FC as our new manager. After a rigorous process where we spoke to a large number of excellent candidates, we see Micky as the man to lead our team into the Scottish Premiership and continue the success we have achieved so far.
“Having known Micky for many years, his record of being a winner cannot be understated and his enthusiasm and standing in the game make him an ideal fit to the culture at Tannadice.
“He is a players’ manager and someone who will embrace the fans and local community which is highlighted by him moving to the local area with his family. I would also like to thank Mark Palios at Tranmere for his professional and respectful manner during the negotiations.
“Micky will meet the staff and players tomorrow as we look forward to a new era in the history of Dundee United FC.”