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Neil McCann sacked as Dundee manager, club announces

Dundee have lost seven of their eight Premiership games.

Neil McCann: Tenure comes to an end (file pic).
Neil McCann: Tenure comes to an end (file pic). SNS Group

Neil McCann has been sacked as Dundee manager, the club has announced.

The move comes as the team sits at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership after a string of poor performances.

Dundee have lost seven of their eight league games and also suffered home defeats against both Dunfermline and Ayr in the Betfred Cup.

A club statement read: "The club can confirm that manager Neil McCann has today left the club.

"We have explored alternative options to support the management staff recently but unfortunately these did not come to fruition.

"Assistant manager Graham Gartland has been relieved from his role."

McCann, who played for Dundee in the 1990s and again in 2011, had been in the role since June 2017.

He initially took charge on an interim basis, steering Dundee away from relegation danger in the final five matches of the 2016-17 season. 

The Tayside club finished ninth last term but some summer signings have struggled to make a significant impact this season. 

McCann's final game in charge was a 2-1 home defeat by Kilmarnock, the winner coming courtesy of a penalty which cost visiting winger Jordan Jones a two-match ban for diving. 

Dundee have made no announcement on who will take caretaker charge ahead of their Premiership clash with Livingston on Saturday. 

Recent Livi manager Kenny Miller is their most experienced player but they also have former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as reserve-team coach and head of their youth academy, while former skipper James McPake is under-18s coach. 

McCann is the third Premiership boss to lose his job this season following Miller and Alan Stubbs at St Mirren.

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