Writer: Arab Jacques
Date:Tuesday December 5 2006
Mark Kerr has revealed that Craig Levein`s arrival at Tannadice took a lot of pressure off the players and is one of the reasons why the team has started to perform better & pick up points over the last 5 matches.
With Craig Brewster`s position continually called into question, following a run of bad form, the speculation over the managers future was having a detrimental effect on the home dressing room.
"The last while we've seemed to be playing every week with the pressure of needing a result to save the manager," said Kerr.
"It was the same old stuff - the manager's going to go if we don't get a result, but we've started out half decent since the new gaffer's come in and hopefully it stays that way."
"It's certainly easier to play in these circumstances."
Dundee United are a team which has lacked confidence for many months now, but a couple of wins over Rangers & Kilmarnock boosted everyone involved with the club there is more of a can-do, winning mentality among the squad.
"When you are winning games the confidence is up and you start to believe that when you go ahead you'll hang on for a victory," Kerr continued.
"Before we seemed to chuck games away after going in front. We'll need to be well organised, but that's what our training is all about now."
The glory years of the past have continually come back to haunt United, but after years of disappointment, the supporters have finally started to realise that United aren't the same side that reached the UEFA Cup Final in 86/87.
Both supporters and players realise that any success achieved in the future is going to come after a lot of hard work, consistency, dedication and taking things one step at a time.
Kerr went on to say, "If we can put the two together then we can move up the league but that's going to be a gradual process."
"We're not suddenly going to jump into the top six, it's a case of taking things one game at a time."
"The home record is OK - we really just need to sort out our away form and if we can rack up a few more wins here and there we'll continue to progress."
"There`s a bit of belief there now."
Ironically, in the games since Levein took over, United have lost both times they`ve played well - against Dunfermline(a) and Hibernian(a) - but have won out with poor performance - against Rangers(h), Kilmarnock(h) and St Mirren(h).
Mark Kerr admitted as much, he said "The last couple of wins we've had haven't been pretty but we've dug in and got the results, but winning three games out of four under Craig Levein is more than anyone expected."
It's probably also the reason why Levein was rewarded with the SPL Manager-Of-The-Month award for November....
Date:Tuesday December 5 2006
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