Falkirk coach Ian McCall has been appointed new manager of Dundee United, succeeding Dundee United’s caretaker boss Paul Hegarty who stepped down earlier today.

Hegarty had been in charge for 14 games but failed to lift club off the foot of the table.

McCall, who has guided Falkirk to the top of the first division, rejected the job in November when Hegarty’s predecessor Alex Smith was sacked. But he has little hesitation accepting when the club came calling a second time.

A Falkirk spokesman said McCall, coach Gordon Chisholm and assistant coach Tony Doherty had resigned en masse “with a view to joining Dundee United”.

“The board have not accepted the resignations and will be meeting to discuss the best way forward for the team and the club as a whole,” said the spokesman.

“The resignations follow the board’s refusal to give Dundee United chairman Eddie Thompson permission to approach the head coach.”