Goodwin backs Dundee United to turn season around amid relegation fight

Goodwin will take charge of his first game as Dundee United boss against former club Aberdeen on Saturday.

Jim Goodwin has backed Dundee United to turn their season around and get themselves clear of the drop zone.

The Tayside club currently occupy bottom place in the Premiership following a run of form that led to Liam Fox leaving the club.

Goodwin, who himself was sacked at Aberdeen in January, has taken the reigns after signing a contract until the end of the season and believes he has what it takes to guide them to safety.

And the Irishman, who has also managed St Mirren, insists he wouldn’t have taken the job if he had any doubts he was up to the task.

He said: “For this particular situation, with this football club and this group of players I believe that we can turn it around and that’s why I am here.

“It would have been very easy for me to stay at home and keep my feet up until the summer and wait until opportunity came up then, but I think this is a gamble worth taking.

“I think this group of players are far better than they have shown up to now and I think everybody looking from the outside are scratching their heads wondering why these players are in the position they are in.

“It’s up to me to restore belief in them and try to get a tune out of them over the next 12 games to make sure we get the points required.”

Goodwin was announced on Wednesday night took his first training session on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s game against his former club when Aberdeen visit Tannadice.

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