Micky Mellon, the man who led Tranmere Rovers to a double promotion, has been confirmed as the new manager of Dundee United.

The 48-year-old scot held talks with the Tannadice club on Thursday and after the two clubs agreed compensation - believed to be in the region of £120,000 - the formalities were completed.

Mellon said: "I am very happy to be here at Dundee United. The challenge of managing the Club in the Premiership is an exciting one. I look forward to meeting the players and am really keen to get started.” 

Rovers will now turn their attention to finding a replacement, just weeks after they were relegated to League Two on a controversial Points Per Game (PPG) system.

In a statment on the club's website, Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: “Micky has been with us for a long time by the standards of football. Having joined us at our lowest point in the non-League, he led us to three Wembley trips and back-to-back promotions to League 1, and in doing so secured his place in the Tranmere history books.  

"Although the current season, which ended in our demotion to League 2 in the cruellest of fashions, is a sad note on which to leave, I have no doubt that had we been allowed to play the season out, he would have kept us up.  

"I am disappointed that Micky wished to move on but, as a Scot, the opportunity to manage in the Scottish Premier League was one which was too good for him to miss and I did not feel it was right to stand in his way.

"We are already fairly advanced in our planning of a very competitive squad for next season, and I will now turn my attention to ensuring that we identify the right person to complete that process and lead our challenge for an immediate return to League 1.”