TOMMY WRIGHT has been installed as the bookies favourite to become the next Dundee United manager.

The former St Johnstone boss has been heavily linked with the vacant Northern Ireland position and was also tipped for the Hearts job before Robbie Neilson was appointed.

Wright departed Saints at the start of May following seven years as McDiarmid Park gaffer.

Bookmakers McBookie have Wright as favourite for the Tannadice position with Derek Adams, Stuart McCall, Lee McCulloch, John Collins, Darren Fletcher and Gary Holt also in the running.

Wright famously defeated United in the Scottish Cup final with St Johnstone back in 2014.

The Terrors are on the hunt for a new boss after the shock departure of Neilson.

The 40-year-old guided United back to the Premiership, but made it clear he wanted to return to Gorgie after Ann Budge came calling.

Speaking about the move Neilson said: “You don’t turn down the chance to come to a club like Hearts and I’m absolutely delighted to be coming back.

“I had some great experiences here, both as a player and manager, and I’m keen to pick up where I left off.

“Everyone knows there is a really good squad at Hearts and I’m excited to begin working with the players and staff. 

“Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Dundee United for the opportunity they gave me two years ago. I hope the United fans feel that together we managed to restore the club back to where it belongs.”