Next three games huge for McCann

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DUNDEE’S next three games may well be the big­gest of Neil McCann’s fledg­ling man­age­rial ca­reer — pit­ting him against some of the most ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­site num­bers in the coun­try.

With his side toil­ing on a run of five con­sec­u­tive de­feats, Neil has his work cut out to re­vive the team’s for­tunes — and com­ing up against two, pos­si­bly three, man­agers who have plied their trade at the high­est level won’t make that any eas­ier.

With Kil­marnock and then Rangers com­ing to Dens Park be­fore a trip to the High­lands to face Ross County, Dundee’s cam­paign could quickly dive into a des­per­ate bat­tle against the drop.

Pit­ting his wits against a man­ager with the ex­pe­ri­ence and track record of Steve Clarke, who man­aged West Brom in the Pre­mier League and was as­sis­tant to Jose Mour­inho and Kenny Dal­glish, win­ning every ma­jor English hon­our in that time, will not be sim­ple.

By the time Rangers come a-knock­ing, they should have ap­pointed a new man­ager and you’d ex­pect them to go with an ex­pe­ri­enced man with an im­pres­sive CV, while County’s Owen Coyle got Burn­ley into the Pre­mier League in his time at Turf­moor.

The prob­lem for Dundee is that both those new man­agers have over­seen a real bounce in re­sults — leav­ing the Dark Blues to lan­guish in bot­tom spot, two points be­hind Partick and three be­hind Satur­day’s op­po­nents Kil­lie.

In it­self that doesn’t present an in­sur­mount­able task.

How­ever, with the form shown lately by the Dark Blues and ten­dency to give away soft goals com­bined with Kil­lie’s ex­cel­lent re­cent away record, it looks tough.

Clarke may well come to Dens know­ing that if his side keep things tight at the back, the chance will come at the other end to come away with a vic­tory.

Rangers look an un­known quan­tity just now with­out know­ing who will be in charge but you’d ex­pect some sort of bounce while County have al­ready got theirs, Coyle guiding the Stag­gies to three wins and a draw from six games.

For Neil, com­ing up against man­agers with th­ese kind of qual­ity track records will be why he made the leap into man­age­ment.

This, though, is where he finds out if he can cut it be­cause his Dundee team need points and they need them quickly.

Dundee boss Neil McCann has to find a way of get­ting his side out of their los­ing run, start­ing on Satur­day.

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