Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson hopeful on Jackie McNamara SFA appeal
Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is hopeful Jackie McNamara will be in the dugout for the Scottish Cup final.
Last Updated: 14/04/14 2:40pm
McNamara was found in breach of Disciplinary Rule 203 by the Scottish Football Association last week in respect of misconduct at United's Premiership match against St Johnstone on March 12 at Tannadice.
His third breach of the rules in three seasons resulted in a five-match ban, two of which were suspended until the end of the season.
However, United's appeal against the decision allowed McNamara to take his place in the Ibrox technical area in the 3-1 Scottish Cup victory over Rangers.
Thompson told Sky Sports News: "We appealed on Friday and I will sit down with Jackie and his lawyer in the next few days to see what we are going to do next.
"Obviously you want him in the dugout in the final, it's very important. So we'll have a chat, take some advice and we'll decide in the next few days where to go from there."
Two of United's top midfield talents Stuart Armstrong, 22, and Gary Mackay-Steven, 23, were on target in the cup triumph over Rangers and Thompson revealed he would try and rebuff any summer interest in any of his young stars.
He added: "There's been no formal bids, we had one or two enquiries back in January, (but) we'll have to see.
"They're all under contract, under good contracts, so we'll have to see if clubs do or don't come in. I'd like to keep this team together and try and be more successful next season obviously."
Thompson joined the Taysiders' support in the Ibrox stands after reportedly asking for 20,000 tickets for the Ibrox cup-tie and receiving only 10,500.
He enjoyed the Govan atmosphere though and said: "It's nice to win obviously, it's nice to win any semi-final and get to a final.
"I do it (sit with fans) from time to time anyway and enjoy being in with them and we had great support at the weekend. I think they caught me on camera a few times.
"Things have gone quite well in the last 18 months or so. They shake my hand and tell me what a good job we're doing at the club, so that's great."