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New man wants Billy Dodds as No. 2

McIntyre handed the reins at Dens Park

Jim McIntyre

Jim McIntyre is back in football, tasked with the job of hauling Dundee up the league (pic: SNS Group)


The Dundee manager’s seat wasn’t empty for long at Dens Park with the club appointing Jim McIntyre as Neil McCann’s successor on a 12-month rolling contract.

The ex-Ross County boss, handed the job 24 hours after McCann’s sacking, will take charge of his first match this weekend when the Dark Blues travel to Livingston.

The 46-year-old wants to bring former Dundee striker Billy Dodds to Dens Park as his assistant.

Former Staggies and Dunfermline boss McIntyre takes charge of a team languishing at the foot of the Scottish Premiership, one point adrift of St Mirren.

McCann was sacked earlier this week after mustering just one win from the first eight games of the league season.

A statement from Dundee FC said: “Jim has enjoyed a successful managerial career over the past 10 years with time in charge at Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Ross County.

“He won promotion to the top flight with Dunfermline in his first job in management in 2011.

“After leaving the East End Park side he went on to manage Queen of the South where he enjoyed success with a 4th place finish in the Championship.

“Jim moved to Ross County in 2014 and went on to lead them to their first major trophy with a League Cup win in 2015/16.”

Barry Ferguson is excited about the ambition shown by Kelty Hearts

Kelty Hearts’ ambition has impressed former Scotland and Rangers star Barry Ferguson (pic: SNS Group)

Ferguson set for Kelty job

Barry Ferguson is set for a return to football management with Lowland League side Kelty Hearts.

Talks with the 40-year-old are at an advanced stage with a decision expected within the next 48 hours.

The former Rangers and Scotland midfielder, whose last managerial post was with Clyde, said: “I spoke with a couple of clubs over the last seven to ten days. One matched the ambition. It took me aback if I’m honest. Kelty showed ambition and drive that excited me. Other clubs were great, but they didn’t show the same ambition.

“Over my time out I’ve had various offers. Out of respect I spoke to the clubs. I went to speak to Kelty, and their ambition and drive was right up my street.

“They are revamping their pitch and building a new stand, and have a clear vision of where they want to go. Other clubs I spoke to didn’t have that.

“It’s about taking them to where they want to go and they want to be the best they can be. It just ticked the boxes for me.

“But I’ve also got things going on outside in terms of some commitments going into next summer. I’ve had to try to sort them out. Kelty have been good enough to let me do that. Nothing has been agreed, I’m still talking to them.

“Over the next 24 or 48 hours there will be a decision. I’ve got to say the way the Kelty is run — the board and chairman — really impressed me. I don’t need to change anything at Kelty. Why fix something that’s not broken? That’s what I like about it. I’m excited and hopefully I can get something sorted.

“I’m not going to keep them holding on. There will be an answer before the end of the week.”

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