Dundee manager McCann hasn’t spoken to Nelms about his job

Dundee manager Neil McCann says he hasn’t spoken to managing director John Nelms about his position at the club. However, he is pleased to hear of Nelms’ public backing as he fights to haul the club off the foot of the Scottish Premiership table.

McCann’s side sit bottom with zero points after six games and are on a seven game run of defeats in all competitions. However, Dundee managing director John Nelms has come out in support of his manager earlier this week, something Neil McCann has expressed his appreciation for.

“Good, that’s great,” he said.

“I haven’t had any other conversations to the contrary of that.

“I haven’t had conversations about my job and, until that happens, I continue to do my very best.

“That’s what I am doing, preparing the team, and they’ve been really good actually.

“I don’t know what was said to be honest.

“I think if John is asked to give an opinion he has been a very honest man, he will say what he feels.

“I’ve got a great relationship with him so I am not surprised or bothered in any way, shape or form by it.

“I just continue to do my job.”

The Dundee manager remains positive about his side and their ability to turn around what has been a very disappointing start to the season. Indeed, McCann believes that his players are showing the passion required to do just that.

“I got asked the question earlier: ‘Did I have to lift them?’, and clearly you have to have an element of that come the Monday morning to get them refocused again, but it was almost like putting the reins on them because the injury list is not particularly lightening up any.

“So, I had to just be careful of numbers because they’ve still got a real competitive edge and there was strong words said by a couple of players after the game I believe.

“Again I didn’t read them or hear them personally but I have heard of them and I like it because it shows they care.

“It shows there is a bit of passion, a bit of fight there and it is going to be required tomorrow.”

With his side facing a trip to ninth place Hamilton Accies on Saturday, the Dundee manager knows it will be tough. However, he firmly believes that one win will turn the Dens Park side’s season around.

“Of course we have to start picking up points, that’s clear.

“The sooner we get them then I believe that is when the team will turn around.

“I’ve had loads of conversations with different people within the game and they’ve all been in similar positions or they have been in dressing rooms themselves as players outwith coaching.

“It takes one result to turn round a season.

“It can be that simple because it just gives the team a confidence that what they are doing in training all week actually bares out a result.

“Until we get them you just have to keep working hard.”

Despite the focus being on Dundee and whether they can turn things around, McCann is in no mood to overlook his opponents on Saturday.

“I watched the game against St Mirren recently, I watched another couple of games that they’ve played, just different formations that they can choose.

“They are always a side that provide a real stern test and they’ve got a nice mix about them.

“There is always an element of fight, clearly, within them but they can play a bit as well and they’ve added a number of players to their squad that could cause us problems.

“We have done our homework on them, yeah it will be a tough game but we are looking to go down and try and get our season going by getting three points.”

McCann will be able to call upon the previously injured Roarie Deacon on Saturday. However, Kenny Miller remains suspended.



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