A report has come out that Dundee United FC is nearing a new ownership, by an American consortium.
It has been in the works for some time now, but it appears that Dundee United are entering into the final stages of a takeover by American investors.
The deal has been talked about since this past Summer when current chairman and majority shareholder Stephen Thompson made it clear that his goal was to find new owners for the club. The idea of the American investors has bounced around, but it now appears to likely be a done deal by the end of the week.
New ownership is always a scary possibility for any club, but this should be a good thing for the club and Scottish Football as a whole. American owners in Europe have had varying degrees of success, but they mostly have been well received and liked owners.
The new ownership coming in before the January transfer window could be very important. If the new investors are looking to make a splash, which they likely are, it could revive the Tangerines’ season.
Despite struggling as of late with a 5-0 blowout loss against Ayr United, they still sit at 3rd in the Championship table. With the right additions, they could easily get themselves into position to be promoted.
This would be healthy for Scottish Football. First off, new owners often bring some new life to a club and fanbase no matter where it is. New life means increased attendance and interest which is always good.
Beyond that, Dundee is the 4th most populated city in Scotland, and with Dundee at the bottom of the Premiership, if United do not get their act together soon then both of the cities clubs could be out of the top division.
Much of Scottish Football has been seeing signs of a revival recently, but Scottish Football will be best with at least one, hopefully both, of the clubs from the country’s 4th largest city in the top flight. Especially considering that both Dundee and especially Dundee United have a decent history of success.