Dave Bowman will take temporary charge of the Dundee United first-team while the Premiership club begins the process of appointing a new manager.

Bowman is currently the assistant manager of the development squad and he will be assisted as caretaker by the United club captain, Sean Dillon.

Jackie McNamara was relieved of his duties

as manager following

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at St Johnstone.

A formal announcement is expected later on Monday from the club.

That should include the status of McNamara’s coaching staff – Simon Donnelly, Darren Jackson and Craig Hinchcliffe.

Bowman, a former United midfielder who won six Scotland caps, had a spell as caretaker with Livingston in 2007 after the departure of manager John Robertson.

The 51-year-old also played for Hearts, Coventry City, Raith Rovers, Orient and Yee Hope Union and Forfar Athletic.

Republic of Ireland B defender Dillon, 32, joined United from Shelbourne in 2007.

United, who sit second bottom of the Premiership table, are away to the side below them, Partick Thistle, on Saturday.