Dundee United have appointed Paul Cowie as the club’s new academy director.
Cowie worked with United’s under-11 and under-16 squads prior to being promoted to head of academy coaching in August 2021.
He was previously a lecturer at Dundee University, holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and is the older brother of former Scotland star Don Cowie.
Cowie told United’s official website: “Dundee United, as a club, have made massive strides with our academy in recent years, and the passion and commitment of the staff and players will ensure we continue to achieve great things going forward.
“The club’s goal remains the desire to develop talented individuals on and off the park and I am relishing the opportunity to help meet the objectives set by the owner (Mark Ogren), the board and the sporting director (Tony Asghar).”
Jewel of the club
Cowie succeeds Andy Goldie in the role, which is central to the Tangerines’ well-publicised desire to promote young talent on the road to self-sustainability.
“By me moving on, that doesn’t effect anything in this academy — it will remain the crown jewel of the club,” said Goldie in July.
“I’m sure the next person who comes in will be able to take it to another level again.”
United sporting director Tony Asghar added: “Paul’s coaching and leadership abilities are just some of the attributes that allowed the interview panel to make this decision.
“He will oversee projects such as the continued redevelopment of Gussie Park into a complete Dundee United player development campus; the refurbishment of the player’s lodgings; and the growth and expansion of the club’s international club partnerships.
“The development of academy players remains vital to the club’s long-term strategy.”