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McCann pays the price for Dundee’s poor start

Neil McCann has lost his job at Dundee after just eight games of the season

Neil McCann was axed after just eight games of the Premiership season (pic: SNS Group)


 

Struggling Dundee have started their search for a new manager after axing Neil McCann after just eight league games.

The former Dens Park winger paid for a poor start to the campaign, losing his job after managing just one victory.

Former Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is the early front-runner for the vacant post, while current striker and former Livingston player-manager Kenny Miller may also fancy a return to the dug out.

The Dark Blues currently sit anchored to the bottom of the Premiership having amassed just three points so far, one point adrift of fellow-strugglers St Mirren.

McCann, former No. 2 to Jefferies at Dunfermline, had approached the veteran in a late bid to persuade him to assist him in his hour of need in a consultancy role.

However, Jefferies reluctantly turned down the offer after a lot of soul searching, preferring to remain as sporting director at league two side Edinburgh City.

Living in Lauder, the 67-year-old felt the logistics of the daily drive to Tayside were a real concern.

Jefferies has spoken of his anguish at the sacking of McCann after his discussions with chairman John Nelms, saying: “I am devastated for the boy, I really am.

“Dundee were keen on bringing an experienced person in to try and help, and there were two or three names who they looked at.

“Neil and I know each other very well, and I agreed to speak to Dundee out of courtesy.

“So I had a chat with Neil and John Nelms, and that left me with a lot of things to weigh up.

“I wanted to help, I really did. But in the end I felt I had to decline their offer.

“I currently have an involvement with Edinburgh City, and in different circumstances I would have liked to have helped out.

“But the fact I am doing what I am, and given where my life is at just now, and the logistics involved of it being in Dundee, I just felt it wasn’t feasible for me.

“John Nelms was great, we had a long discussion. Dundee could not have done any more.

“They sold the club to me, I was desperate to help out, and we spent hours looking at ways it might work. Dundee felt they needed experience, and no one can say if it would have worked out or not.

“Neil would still have been manager and I, or whoever else it might have been, would have been there as a sounding board, to take some of the heat off him.”

Confirming the former Sky Sports pundit’s exit, a Dundee FC statement said: “We have explored alternative options to support the management staff recently but unfortunately these did not come to fruition.

“Assistant Manager Graham Gartland has been relieved from his role.

“We would like to thank Neil and Graham for their efforts while in charge and wish them all the best for the future.”

 



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