Dundee manager Jim McIntyre is “absolutely determined” to get Dundee back to the Scottish Premiership following the club’s relegation to the Scottish Championship.
The Dark Blues lost 1-0 at home to Hamilton Accies and with St Mirren drawing away to Motherwell, Dundee are mathematically relegated to the second tier. Speaking after the game McIntyre gave his description of how it feels to suffer relegation.
“It is obviously devastating to be relegated,” he said.
“It is something none of us want on our CV, it is such a huge club.
“I just feel gutted for everybody connected with the club and it is certainly a very, very low dressing room in there.”
Dundee looked very nervous in the game with the must win nature telling on the players. McIntyre believes that the side didn’t do enough to threaten and get the Dens Park crowd going.
“I thought we were very flat,” he said.
“I thought both sides looked nervous, we didn’t move the ball quick enough at times and didn’t get it into a threatening area to try to stimulate our crowd.
“We needed to do more, and we didn’t so that is why we changed it.
“We got another striker on and rather than going with the three up top we just went with the two and two fours, but we huffed and puffed I’ve got to say.”
The post-mortem into why Dundee have suffered relegation has begun and McIntyre offered his assessment of why his side could not avoid the drop.
“We’ve not shown enough consistency,” he said.
“I felt I had to change it, and I still stand by that, in the January window because obviously I felt that there wasn’t enough in the dressing room to get us out of the situation and the ones that I have brought in haven’t done the job.
“It is simple, I haven’t done the job.
“It was my choice to do that, but it had to be done, and we’ve just not had the consistency levels there to get us a bit of momentum and positive results.”
McIntyre is taking full responsibility and foresees big changes in personnel to come. In assessing why things didn’t turn around for the Dark Blues, McIntyre was clear about what he felt the challenges were. Particularly in trying to turn around the squad in January.
“I think quite clearly we’ve been fighting relegation for the last three seasons and there does need to be a change in the personnel,” he said.
“Like any club that gets relegated there’s going to be a lot of changes.
“We have also got eight players on loan.
“Obviously, the January window is where you are shopping.
“You are shopping for players who are bit part players at other clubs, some are coming needing to get up to speed fitness-wise.
“This is not an excuse, make sure you print that.
“It is not an excuse, it is just facts of the window that you are operating in and that’s what happens, but equally that is my choice.
“That is my choice to do that and I felt that was the right choice, but we’ve not delivered.
“As a group we have not delivered.
“It is not about the players I have signed, it is about all of us.
“It is about every one of us.
“We’ve not delivered.”
Understandably the Dundee fans voiced their anger and frustration at full-time and McIntyre understands why.
“I understand it,” he said.
“The bottom line is that they’ve just watched a team get relegated and we’ve not offered enough to win the game.
“I don’t know any support that would be clapping us off the park.
“It has simply not been good enough and, me being at the helm, I take full responsibility for that.”
Faced with the question of his future, McIntyre has underlined his commitment to getting Dundee back up.
“Absolutely determined,” he responded.
“It is my responsibility and it is my responsibility to get them back up.
“Unless I am told otherwise, that is exactly what I’ll be planning.”
Speculation now turns to whether the manager will be given the chance to tackle the challenge of getting Dundee back to the Scottish Premiership, and McIntyre revealed that there is no scheduled meeting with managing director John Nelms to discuss the current situation.
“I speak to John everyday, so no I don’t have that at the moment,” he said.