Jim McIntyre expects to continue as manager of the Dundee next season, despite the possibility that relegation from the Scottish Premiership could be confirmed this weekend.
Dundee need to win all their remaining three matches and with 10th placed Hamilton visiting Dens Park on Saturday, defeat guarantees that the Dark Blues will be playing the Scottish Championship next term. Despite rumours suggesting that he could see himself relieved of duty should relegation occur – and following a recent club statement which failed to mention the manager by name – McIntyre has said he has had nothing but backing from the club.
“I’ve had total backing since the day I walked in the door,” he said.
“John (Nelms) and Tim (Keyes) have been first class.
“It was a really difficult transfer window and they backed everything I wanted to do.
“They backed me putting in a £25,000 new gym so that the players had a proper working environment.
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“Since I’ve come to the club there has been nothing but backing and the statement put out was put out to quell rumours and talk of them pulling out.
“I think what was spoken about was entirely right and it was just to let the Dundee fans know that they are going nowhere.
“I was quite happy with the statement.”
When asked if he expects to remain manager next season he replied: “Absolutely of course I do”.
With relegation a very real and near prospect, McIntyre has revealed that the mood in the Dundee camp is high ahead of Saturday’s huge game against Hamilton Accies.
“The mood is fine,” he said.
“Obviously, coming in after a defeat on Monday it took a wee while to get things going, but that is normal.
“It is part of getting on the training ground and getting that out of your system, but the boys have trained exceptionally well Tuesday and Thursday and they are ready for the game.”
The chances of the club staying up are very narrow with just nine points available and rivals St Mirren seven points ahead in 11th. However, McIntyre is determined to ensure that while it is still possible to stay up then the team will keep fighting.
“Without a shadow of a doubt it is not done until it is done,” he said.
“We’ve just got to make sure that we go and do our bit and try to win our game and whatever happens elsewhere happens.
“We can’t affect that.”
Dundee suffered a late defeat to Motherwell in a seven-goal thriller at Fir Park on Saturday and McIntyre feels that if they can carry the attacking performance into Saturday whilst cutting out defensive mistakes then they have a good chance of beating a Hamilton side who have already lost twice and drawn once against Dundee this season.
“We’ve got to win the game it is as simple as that and that is what we will try to do,” he said.
“I know Brian (Rice) very well and I’m sure he has done his homework on our strengths and weaknesses and he would have seen a really strong attacking performance against Motherwell last week, albeit our defensive frailties let us down.
“That’s what we’ve got to cut out.
“If we can mirror a lot of the things we did last weekend then we’ve got a good chance of winning the game, but we’ve got to defend better, and I mean that as a team, not just at the back.”