Paatelainen's future remains unclear

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Paatelainen was unable to lift United off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership

Stephen Thompson has apologised “unreservedly” to Dundee United fans following relegation to the Championship, but manager Mixu Paatelainen’s future remains unclear.

The owner says he takes full responsibility for the club’s problems.

However, he did not clarify whether Paatelainen would stay on.

“In the near future many radical changes will be made to try to ensure our quick return to the top league,” a United statement read.

Relegation from the top flight was confirmed after a 2-1 defeat to city rivals Dundee on Monday.

Thompson has promised sweeping changes to ensure an immediate return to the Premiership.

“Dundee United have let you, the supporters, down this season,” his statement continued.

“I apologise unreservedly to all of you for our relegation. As the chairman the buck stops with me and I accept full responsibility for what has happened. The big decisions were mine and I got some of them wrong.

“I have backed managers with the third biggest budget in the league but the results have not been acceptable. In the near future many radical changes will be made to try to ensure our quick return to the top league.

“Further changes will see increased fan representation as well as boardroom changes to re-vitalise and re-energise the club.”

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