The speculation surrounding the managerial vacancy at Dundee United has been rife in recent weeks. With the club languishing in the Scottish Championship, many fans have been calling for a change in leadership. Two names have been consistently mentioned as potential candidates for the job: Craig Levein and Neil Lennon.
Craig Levein is a former manager of Dundee United, having led the club from 2000-2004. During his time in charge, he guided the team to two Scottish Cup finals and a UEFA Cup quarter-final. He also won the Scottish Premier League Manager of the Year award in 2003. Since leaving Dundee United, Levein has had mixed success at other clubs, most recently Hearts, where he was sacked in October 2019.
Neil Lennon is a former Celtic manager, having led the club to three successive Scottish Premiership titles from 2012-2014. He also guided Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League in 2013. Lennon has also had managerial spells at Hibernian and Bolton Wanderers, but has been out of work since leaving Bolton in March 2019.
The question remains, do Dundee United fans want either of these two men as their next manager? On one hand, Levein’s previous success at the club could be seen as a positive, while Lennon’s track record at Celtic could be seen as an attractive proposition. On the other hand, both men have had mixed success at other clubs since leaving Dundee United and Celtic respectively, and some fans may be wary of appointing either man.
The debate surrounding who should be appointed as Dundee United’s next manager continues to rage on. While Craig Levein and Neil Lennon remain the two names most commonly mentioned, it is clear that there is no consensus among fans as to who should be appointed. Some may see Levein’s previous success at the club as a positive, while others may be wary of his recent record at other clubs. Similarly, Lennon’s track record at Celtic may be attractive to some, but others may be concerned about his lack of recent managerial experience. Ultimately, it is up to the club to decide who they believe is best suited to take them forward, and only time will tell if they make the right decision.