No pres­sure from own­ers de­spite slide, says Mccann

Dundee boss ad­mits team’s poor start is frus­trat­ing but he and his play­ers are work­ing hard to turn things around

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - THE SPORT - by Neil Robert­son

Dundee boss Neil Mccann in­sists he does not feel un­der pres­sure from the club’s Amer­i­can own­ers de­spite the Dark Blues’ poor start to the sea­son.

The man­ager and his play­ers will travel to face Rangers at Ibrox to­day sit­ting rock bot­tom of the Pre­mier­ship with no points to their name hav­ing lost their last five matches in a row.

Mccann is the first to ad­mit that is sim­ply not good enough but he still re­tains faith in him­self and the team that re­sults will turn.

And the 44-year-old be­lieves that feel­ing is shared by the man he works with on a daily ba­sis at Dens, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Nelms.

Mccann said: “I’ve got a great re­la­tion­ship with John. I am very mind­ful of the fact that we’ve not been get­ting re­sults. We started very sim­i­larly last year, in terms of re­sults and fix­tures.

“My re­la­tion­ship with John is bril­liant and we speak all the time.

“I don’t feel any pres­sure from John. I work un­der my own pres­sure, be­cause I set my­self high stan­dards. I work hard and my team works equally as hard. We are all try­ing to get the re­sults that we are striv­ing for.

“I’m not fright­ened of pres­sure. I came into this job un­der an enor­mous amount of pres­sure to take it.

“I then had a cer­tain amount of pres­sure to take it per­ma­nently. I’m not fright­ened of where we are in the ta­ble. All we can do is keep work­ing hard. I still love my job.”

When asked if he had spo­ken to Nelms to ask for re­as­sur­ances that he and owner Tim Keyes still be­lieved the man­ager was on the right track, Mccann said: “I haven’t had any of those con­ver­sa­tions at all.

“I haven’t gone look­ing for it and it hasn’t been given so as far as I am con­cerned, it is a non-event just now. John knows how hard I work here and how hard we are try­ing to get re­sults.

“The frus­tra­tion el­e­ment comes when it doesn’t hap­pen when the 11 take the pitch on a Satur­day.

“I can only do my job and the boys can only do theirs. We are work­ing and try­ing so hard to turn it around.”

Mccann ac­knowl­edged that foot­ball man­age­ment was an un­for­giv­ing en­vi­ron­ment but it is a job that con­sumes him en­tirely.

He said: “Ev­ery man­ager will feel dif­fer­ent lev­els of pres­sure.

“It is all rel­a­tive. If you are work­ing at the top of the game with multi-mil­lions to spend, that brings its own pres­sures.

“Where we are work­ing it is the same pres­sure. At the end of the day, it is your job to get re­sults for your foot­ball club.

“Your job car­ries the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all the fans who want the same out­come – win­ning foot­ball.

“The pres­sure I live with is some­thing I was aware of I was walking into.

“I didn’t come in here and think, ‘This is more pres­sure’. It is al­ways the same pres­sure and I have to find a way that gets us to win a game.

“It clearly has an im­pact on your home life be­cause you have to work ev­ery minute. Your life is con­sumed – and it should be con­sumed as a foot­baller – to do your very best.

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