Dundee United manager Peter Houston may have a few things to say when discussions continue with the club over a new deal. They met yesterday to kick things off before the Blackpool Gazette announced that the Lancaster club were not going to follow up the initial approach to Chairman Stephen Thompson regarding their manager's position. Houston's contract is up in the summer and was given permission to speak to the Championship side. On Monday, Thompson said that Houston could stay at the club but added: "But only if he accepts my terms." A statement on United's official website on Tuesday read: "Directors of Dundee United today met with manager Peter Houston and his representative to discuss his contract situation. These discussions were amicable and will continue later this week." Houston was surprised that Blackpool were given permission to speak to him because he was still in talking to the club about a new deal. He said : "It's unexpected. I haven't applied for any jobs. We were still in negotiations over a new deal for me and my staff. Mr Thompson and myself's working relationship recently has been fine. What he has stated is he has to make cutbacks in staff costs. Before the contact from Blackpool he did say he didn't want to hold me back from bettering myself. If he thinks that then I'm grateful to him for allowing me to speak to them. Nothing has been decided because Blackpool still have to get in touch with me."