Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson says he will continue to back Mixu Paatelainen’s efforts to avoid relegation but warned of “dramatic changes” if the Tangerines go down.
United sit 11 points adrift at the bottom of the table and would have to stage an unprecedented fightback in the remaining games to survive in the top league.
Recent years show the club at the bottom of the league at this stage has always gone down.
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Thompson said: “We’re going to do as much as we can to support Mixu and the team to stay in the league.
“At the end of the day, that’s the ultimate thing – to stay in the Premiership this season.
“We won’t give up until it’s impossible for us to actually stay in the league so we will bring players in and hopefully the right ones.
“We don’t like talking about relegation because until we’re relegated, we’re not relegated.”
However, asked to describe the effect relegation would have, he warned: “There would be dramatic changes at this club, there’s no doubt about that … We’ve got an infrastructure at this club, it’s for a Premiership club. If you’re not in the Premiership, you have to cut your cloth accordingly and it’d be tough there’s no doubt it’d be tough.”
Thompson said poor player recruitment in the summer had played a major role in the club’s predicament, but he insisted United have not yet given up hope.
“Everyone’s written us off. We haven’t written ourselves off yet. We will not give up until we’re actually down.”