‘ I would back my­self ev­ery day of the week to get Dundee back up’


JimMc in ty re has backed him­self to re­peat his sec­ondtier suc­cess with Dundee as he awaits the out­come of the club’s an­nual re­view.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Nelms is ex­pected back in Scot­land to­day af­ter fly­ing out to dis­cuss the causes and con­se­quences of Dundee’s rel­e­ga­tion with Texas- based ma­jor­ity share­holder Tim Keyes.

Mcin­tyre has not spo­ken to Keyes and has been pre­par­ing for this af­ter­noon’s visit to Liv­ingston as well as look­ing ahead to next sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship.

A num­ber of f ans called for his sack­ing af­ter a home de­feat by Hamil­ton con­signed their team to bot­tom spot last Satur­day. While Mcin­tyre, pic­tured, knows he would face a long road to win­ning them over, he be­lieves his ex­pe­ri­ence can help. The for­mer Queen of the South man­ager, who led Ross County to League Cup suc­cess in 2016, said: “You have got to back your­self and in my man­age­rial ca­reer so far I have had suc­cess at ev­ery club I have been at. “This is the first real low point i n terms of not man­ag­ing to get the job done. But I have won the Cham­pi­onship be­fore with Dun­fermline and it’s a league I know, and I would back my­self ev­ery day of the week to be al­lowed to con­tinue on and try and get the job done.”

The 46- year- old added: “The sup­port­ers are up­set, they are an­gry and I to­tally un­der­stand that. That goes with the po­si­tion of be­ing the man­ager of the foot­ball club. I take that on the chin and try and bounce back. It’s as sim­ple as that.

“It’s nat­u­ral that there’s spec­u­la­tion and John has been in Amer­ica this week for his an­nual meet­ing. He goes ev­ery year at this time to dis­cuss how ev­ery­thing went, not just at Dundee, they have a lot of other busi­ness in­ter­ests and things they need to speak about. He will be back this week and we will sit down and chat.”

Dundee equalled a 120- yearold club record of ten con­sec­u­tive de­feats when they were beaten by Hamil­ton last week­end and Mcin­tyre is de­ter­mined to stop the rot at Liv­ingston this af­ter­noon while look­ing ahead to next sea­son.

“We want to win the game first and fore­most. We have got pro­fes­sional pride we are play­ing for now,” he said. “That’s what’s left for us. And we want to break the run we are on as well.

“But there will be a cou­ple of young lads [ in­volved] like Call um Moore and Max An­der­son who have signed new con­tracts.”

Ladbrokes Premier­ship Tony Mac­a­roni Arena To­day, 3pm Up­dates on BBC Ra­dio Scot­land

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