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Jim McLean obituary

Manager who took Dundee United to the higher reaches of European football

The notion that Dundee United were just a few minutes away from appearing in a European Cup final in 1984 is extraordinary to contemplate at this distance in time. But they really did get that close, and the man who led them so far was their inspirational manager, Jim McLean, who has died aged 83.

Under the McLean era, from 1971 to 1993, Dundee United enjoyed by far the most successful period in their history, twice lifting the Scottish League Cup, in 1979 and 1980, and then winning the Scottish league title in 1983 for the first and so far only time.

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