Dundee Utd sack manager Ross after 9-0 loss to Celtic

By: AFP
Published: 06:16 PM, 30 Aug, 2022
Dundee Utd sack manager Ross after 9-0 loss to Celtic
Caption: Bournemouth's English head coach Scott Parker reacts after they concede their ninth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England.
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Dundee United have sacked Jack Ross following their record 9-0 home defeat by Celtic, the Scottish Premiership club announced Tuesday.

The former Alloa, St Mirren, Sunderland and Hibernian manager's reign at Tannadice lasted just seven games in charge.

United's humiliating reverse by Scottish champions Celtic on Sunday was their fifth consecutive defeat and meant they had conceded 23 goals in their last four games.

"Dundee United can confirm head coach Jack Ross has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect," said a club statement.

"Liam Fox will take charge of the the first team on an interim basis with the focus now fully on Wednesday's Premier Sports Cup match with Livingston."

Ross was appointed on June 20 after Tam Courts moved to join Hungarian club Honved.

The 46-year-old Ross's first match in charge of United was a Premiership draw with Kilmarnock and he then oversaw a 1-0 Europa Conference League win over AZ Alkmaar at Tannadice.

But results rapidly went downhill after that win, with a 1-0 home defeat by Livingston followed by a 7-0 loss away to Dutch club Alkmaar that equalled the worst result by a Scottish club in European competition.

There was no domestic comfort for Dundee United, with a 4-1 defeat by Hearts and a 3-0 home loss to St Mirren preceding the collapse against Celtic.

Ross, speaking after Sunday's thrashing by Celtic, signalled his determination to get United back on an even keel.

"Regardless of what club I'm at or what level I had the same burn to do well as a manager at Alloa as I do now," he said.

"And because of the embarrassment and humiliation I feel right now then, absolutely, I want to put that right."

Ross's departure from Dundee United was announced on the same day as English Premier League club Bournemouth sacked boss Scott Parker following a 9-0 defeat by Liverpool last weekend.

AFP

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