Jack Ross: Dundee United sack head coach after just two months following 9-0 thrashing by Celtic | Football News

Dundee United have sacked head coach Jack Ross after Celtic were beaten 9-0 in the Scottish Premiership to leave them bottom of the table.

The Tangerines were well beaten by Ange Postecoglou’s top-flight champions, with Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada both scoring hat-tricks at Tannadice – a result that sealed Ross’ fate.

Dundee United have failed to win any of their first five league matches, losing four of them, and have conceded 18 goals.

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Dundee United’s players looked dejected after their 9-0 defeat at Celtic

Ross’ side also exited the Europa Conference League with a 7-1 aggregate defeat at AZ Alkmaar in the third qualifying round. Since the 7-0 defeat in the second leg, United have scored a goal once every 15 minutes, on average.

The 46-year-old was hired to replace Tam Courts in June after Ross’s predecessor left the club by mutual consent before taking over at Hungarian club Budapest Honved in the summer.

Assistant Liam Fox will take charge of the first team on an interim basis ahead of the Premier Sports Cup match at Livingston on Wednesday.

Ross: I can’t get enough from the group

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Ross says defeat to Celtic ’embarrassing and humiliating’

Speaking after the 9-0 defeat at Celtic, Ross admitted he was not getting enough from his squad but insisted he wanted time to get it right again.

“I think before this season I never lost a game by more than three goals as a manager, so I’m hurting and I’m suffering from it,” he said. Sky Sports. “It doesn’t detract from what I want to correct. I have overcome challenges before and I want to overcome this one, but it hurts a lot.

“The extra attention, debate or speculation I welcome that because that’s just the nature of my job. When you manage a team that produces two results [7-0 vs Alkmaar and 9-0 vs Celtic] then it’s totally worth it.

“I’m not getting enough from the current group I have, so it would be weak and remiss of me to look for excuses and share blame to others in the club. We have a good group here who should be producing better than them, I led

“I understand people looking at what we can do to strengthen the group again, but first of all I have to get more from the group than I’m getting.”

Pundits react to Dundee United’s 9-0 defeat at Celtic

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates after completing a first-half hat-trick at Tannadice
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Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada scored hat-tricks for Tannadice

Stiliyan Petrov speaking on Sky Sports: “As much as we say Celtic are outstanding, Dundee United gave them the chance to be outstanding. They weren’t competitive or aggressive. They had a few spells in the game and Steven Fletcher was outstanding in the winners header, but nobody was going for the second ball, nobody was going for tackles and they really struggled to create. They made it easier for Celtic and they never stopped.”

James McFadden speaking on Sky Sports: “They didn’t start the season badly, they had a massive win against Alkmaar at Tannadice, a great performance. You talk about structure, energy, when to press and when to sit, they got everything thing. [that day]. So it’s possible that they can do it, because they did it under Jack Ross with the players. It’s very difficult.

“After 7-0 [loss to Alkmaar], doesn’t disappear from your mind, stays with you and hurts. You have strong characters in that dressing room but you try to take each other on. You are looking for leadership from the manager, the manager is looking for a response from the players and at the moment, they are not getting it. A 3-0 against St Mirren, a 4-1 against Hearts and now you have 7-0 and 9-0. It’s really tough and this is a team that finished fourth last year.

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Carl Starfelt scored Celtic’s final goal as they thrashed Dundee United 9-0

“As unbelievable as it is, because it’s so short in his tenure, but if you have 7-0 and 9-0 with 4-1 and 3-0 then something has to change. There will certainly be a conversation about whether the things can be turned around because it’s a 9-0, but it could be more. You can take one of them in isolation and say last week it was good, but their run, something has to give and something has to change.”

Former Dundee United player Sean Dillon speaks to Sky Sports: “It doesn’t make for good reading. There’s a lot of work to do. They have to get together as a team, I know that sounds basic but they have to go to basics. They have to be really hard to beat, going into the first half time and be strict. We’ve not only been close to people, it just opens the door to quality teams and Celtic are a quality team.”