Dundee United could turn to Dunfermline coach if Campbell leaves

Dundee United could be set to target Dunfermline’s John Potter as their new director of youth development if Stevie Campbell parts company with the Tannadice club.

Courier Sport understands that suspended Campbell’s disciplinary hearing is due take place at the start of next week.

And we can also reveal that highly-rated Pars youth coach Potter is the favourite to replace him should Campbell depart United.

Potter had a short spell as first team manager of Dunfermline last season. He took over from Jim Jefferies in December following a poor start to the season.

But he was unable to get the East End Park side into the play-offs.

It spoke volumes about his value to the club in youth development however that, rather than leaving as would usually be the case, he was persuaded to take up his old post.

As the under-20 coach, in 2013 Potter guided his team to Dunfermline’s first youth cup final since 1988.

United are renowned for their conveyor belt of talent from youth levels to the senior squad, and the number of youngsters developed by Potter who have gone on to become first team regulars and under-age internationals, such as centre-back Lewis Martin, hasn’t gone unnoticed in Scottish football.

Campbell was suspended around a month ago. He has been on the United staff for a decade.