Jim Goodwin: Dundee United have won the Championship title in style

The United boss says everyone at the club should take time to celebrate their achievement.

Dundee United boss Jim Goodwin believes they achieved their objective in style as the team lifted the Championship trophy and celebrated a return to the Premiership.

United signed off on a successful league campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Partick Thistle on Friday night before players, staff and fans partied and enjoyed winning the silverware.

Goodwin wants supporters and everyone involved to savour the moment before looking ahead to next season. He thinks the team can reflect on a thrilling season where they got it right where it mattered and that they can take pride in their work.

“In football, certainly at the professional level, you don’t get too many opportunities to win things,” Goodwin told STV. “I think we shouldn’t take this moment for granted.

“Yes, we have done what was expected of us. But I feel the team did it in style.

“A great points tally, the best defensive record in the country and we’ve scored numerous goals along the way.

“So it’s a proud moment for everyone connected.”

Goodwin took the Tannadice job on in March last year, weeks on from being sacked by Aberdeen after a poor run of results. He was tasked with the aim of preventing relegation but after failing to keep the team up, he was grateful to have the opportunity to guide the team to promotion at the first time of asking.

“Managers unfortunately go through dips in form and don’t get the results required. And sometimes that’s at the cost of your job.

“That’s what happened at Aberdeen. But I always remained to have self-belief. Some people thought I was a bit crazy getting back in as soon as I did after it, but just couldn’t be any more grateful to the board of directors, the chairman to chief executive Luigi Capuano, for giving me this opportunity and for sticking by me in the summer.

“I’m just delighted that I could repay their faith with a moment like this here in front of a full house. And, you know, everybody connected to the club.

“It’s been a real joint effort. It’s never about any one individual. It’s never about, you know, Louis Moult scoring the goals or Jack Walton keeping them out.

“It’s been a real joint effort from all the playing staff and the directors and everybody connected and the supporters as well. And, you know, it’s a great night and we should really enjoy it.”

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