Mixu Paatelainen: Tactics, Man-Management and the Genius of Jim McLean

  • Sport Careers Agency client Mixu Paatelainen praises the influence of his former manager Jim McLean on his own coaching career
  • Paatelainen played under McLean at Dundee United from 1987-92
  • Discusses relationships with former bosses Bruce Rioch, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and Billy Stark
  • Feels that he has matured as a manager compared to his early days in the job
  • Looking forward to his next challenge after five months out of full-time management

MIXU'S MENTOR: Jim McLean managed Dundee United between 1971 and 1993

MIXU PAATELAINEN has labelled Dundee United managerial legend Jim McLean a training ground GENIUS.

The former Finland boss and Sport Careers Agency client - controversially sacked by Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson in the summer - was in our office to catch up this week as he prepares for the next challenge in his coaching career.
In an exclusive interview he took time out to look back on those who have helped to mould him as a manager.

And the former Cowdenbeath, Hibs and Kilmarnock gaffer stressed: "I was lucky to have Jim McLean as my manager at Dundee United, what a fantastic coach he was.

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