Houston decision on Thursday

  • Last Updated: January 16 2013, 20:48 GMT

Dundee United have called a press conference for Thursday, prompting speculation over the long-term future of manager Peter Houston.

Peter Houston: Future set to be confirmed on Thursday
Peter Houston: Future set to be confirmed on Thursday

Houston and chairman Stephen Thompson are due to attend the Tannadice event, which comes days after United gave their manager permission to speak to Blackpool.

Little appears to have happened in the wake of Blackpool's interest, as they consider several options following Michael Appleton's exit to Blackburn.

United subsequently said they would renew protracted contract talks with Houston, whose deal expires at the end of the season.

A statement on United's official website yesterday read: "Directors of Dundee United today met with manager Peter Houston and his representative to discuss his contract situation.

"These discussions were amicable and will continue later this week."

Houston had earlier admitted he was surprised United had given Blackpool permission to speak to him because he was still talking to the club about a new deal.

Houston told BBC Scotland: "It's unexpected. I haven't applied for any jobs. We were still in negotiations over a new deal for me and my staff.

"Mr Thompson and myself's working relationship recently has been fine.

"What he has stated is he has to make cutbacks in staff costs. Before the contact from Blackpool he did say he didn't want to hold me back from bettering myself.

"If he thinks that then I'm grateful to him for allowing me to speak to them.

"Nothing has been decided because Blackpool still have to get in touch with me."

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