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    • By UWTB1893
      Dundee finally grabbed their first win of the season with a 2-0 win away to Hamilton.
      Andy Boyle headed home the opener in the first half then Kharl Madianga scored in injury time for our first win after seven games.
    • By TheDarkBlues
      Mackinnon's last-minute strike earned Hamilton a crucial point against rivals Dundee
    • By TheDarkBlues
      Tony Andreu's late penalty condemned Dundee to relegation from the top tier and moved Hamilton 4-points clear of the relegation play-off.
    • By TheDarkBlues
      James McAlister was at Dens for three seasons and was considered a fan favourite.
      The midfielder was part of the championship winning side in 2014 and it was his goals which helped the Dee on the road to the title. James was also involved in the 'Bitegate' storm when Nadir Ciftci bit McAlister's leg during a Dundee Derby.
      Q1 When were you 1st aware of Dundee's interest in you?
      I was probably aware the day before I signed. I had played with Barry Smith at Morton so I knew him quite well. He had done a unbelievable job since taking charge at Dundee. A sleeping giant of a club so I was keen to get the deal done
      Q2 What was it that made you want to join the club?
      The biggest lure to joining Dundee a side to the fact they are a big club was the fact they had just been promoted to the premier league and I was desperate for a fair crack at it after not having a very enjoyable time at Hamilton
      Q3 During your time at dens who were you closest too? 
      The squad of players changed a lot over my 3 years at the club especially when Paul Hartley came in so it was hard to get close to anybody. I would probably say because he was there twice of the 3 years I would say Gary Harkins we travelled together and enjoyed a game of golf together.
      Q4 You played in over 100 games for the club what was your most memorable game?
      It would be hard to split two games firstly the Dumbarton game were we won the league that is a day that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Dens packed to the rafters and the way the game finished with big Kyle's save hearing that final whistle and having the pitch invasion was unbelievable. The other game would be finally getting one over that mob from across the road. We were always reminded of how long it had been since Dundee had won a derby so to finally deliver that with a 3-1 win was a brilliant night. 
      Q5 You scored a few goals which goal did you enjoy most and why?
      The feeling a got when I scored against Utd was pretty special but we lost the game 2-1 so that put a downer on it as well as my goal against Celtic. The one I enjoyed the most with the right result at the end of it was the 2nd goal v Raith Rovers. It was an important game for us at an extremely difficult place to go and to score two goals on the 90th min was special. 
      Q6 Gavin Rae what was he like to play alongside?
      Gav was massive for us the season we won the championship. He brought a wealth of experience and is by far the best skipper I have played under he done so much for the boys over the course of that season to make sure everyone's heads were right especially going into the last few games of the season
      Q7 What was it like to play in your 1st Dundee derby and have you experienced an atmosphere like that before
      I was blown away by the first derby being an outsider to begin with you don't realise how big the rivalry is. It was an extremely disappointing day losing 3-0. But I enjoyed the buzz that came with everyone of them.
      Q8 What was it like to play in Julian Speroni Testimonial?
      The testimonial game was a great experience for the boys. The team they put out in the first half with full of super stars. The amount of fans that travelled down for it was unbelievable and it added to a fantastic atmosphere on the night
      Q9 Helicopter Saturday at dens final day going into the game how was the dressing room? 
      The dressing room was extremely positive to be fair. Two weeks prior we thought we had blown it at Morton but results went our way the following week to put it back into our own hands. We were extremely determined not it let it slip for a second time after how low we felt at Cappielow. 
      Q10 At halftime were you as a team aware of Hamilton score? 
      I didn't ask the score at ht as we were 2-0 and only cared about us doing our job. It wasn't until late in the game at 2-1 that one of the subs came on and said Accies were winning 8-2 or something like that and I was convinced he was at the wind up. When the game had finished and we finally got back to the dressing room it was confirmed that Accies had got the 8 goal swing they needed. It made our result even sweater. 
      Q11 In your playing career have you experienced a pitch invasion on last day of season quite like did when we won the league? 
      I certainly haven't experienced anything like that and I don't think i ever will again. There is a great photo I have seen I think it's Benny that's jumped on big Dec and i have jumped on Nicky Reilly bang on the final whilst you could never of imagined what was going to happen in the next 15 secs. It took me about 10 mins to get back to the dressing room it was yet again another very special feeling. 
    • By TheDarkBlues
      His professional career saw him play for Dundee (two spells), Heart of Midlothian (two spells), Rangers, Southampton and Falkirk. He also played 26 times for the Scotland national football team.
      McCann started his career with Dundee before moving on to Heart of Midlothian in 1996. He helped the Tynecastle side win the Scottish Cup in 1998, their first major trophy in 36 years. McCann moved to Rangers later that year for £1.9 million, becoming the club's first major Scottish Catholic signing since Mo Johnston. He scored two goals against Rangers' arch-rivals Celtic on 2 May 1999 to clinch the SPL title. In 2003 Rangers were forced to sell him due to their financial problems.
      He joined Southampton on 5 August 2003, for £1.5 million. A series of injuries made it difficult for him to maintain his place in the team. McCann scored one goal for Southampton, in a League Cup tie against Northampton Town. His contract with Southampton was terminated by mutual consent in January 2006.
      On 17 January 2006, McCann rejoined Hearts. He sustained a serious injury while playing in his first match since returning to Hearts against Kilmarnock, meaning he missed their victory in the 2006 Scottish Cup Final. He returned from injury for the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Široki Brijeg of Bosnia. However, on 25 August 2007, he suffered a double leg break during Hearts' loss to Celtic in a tackle on Scott Brown. Brown was unharmed in the tackle.
      On 14 May 2008, it was announced that McCann had signed for SPL rivals Falkirk. He scored on his debut against former club Hearts, and then scored twice for Falkirk in League Cup ties against Queen of the South and Inverness. He also played for Falkirk in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final. He was released on 22 August 2009 after managerial changes at Falkirk, with outgoing manager John Hughes (the manager that signed him) being replaced by Eddie May.
      On 12 February 2011, McCann came out of retirement to help Dundee stave-off relegation. He scored a last minute goal in his first appearance, against Raith Rovers.
      On 30 April 2015, McCann decided to leave his position as Assistant Manager at Dunfermline Athletic.
    • By TheDarkBlues
      Neil McCann believed he brought in players who he thought were the same class as the players at Serie A sides like Milan and Juventus but the fans could see from the offset that most of the new additions weren't good enough.
      Our defence has been a shambles and it doesn’t really matter who seems to play there, nothing really changes and that is testament to the amount of goals we have shipped so far this season. 60 in total so far and that is unacceptable for the club.
      When you are not scoring goals, you expect your defence to at least keep a few clean sheets. Our goal difference could be the difference between staying up or going down.
      You could put our performances and results down to McCann's duds, but I feel that both managers have to take responsibility for our results as well. While McCann could be excused for being inexperienced, you cannot excuse some of his team selections, formations and tactics, as at times they were bloody awful. I'm not sure that given more time the results would have started to change under McCann and I think we could have been left trailing at the basement of the league. In all honestly, the shock was how long the board actually let him go on before changing.
      After McCann was sacked, John Nelms was in the news saying that we needed to bring in a more experienced manager, but in good old Dundee fashion, we couldn't even do that right.
      When the club appointed McIntyre they surely knew that the new boss would want his own assistant and that would be Billy Dodds who would bring a lot of baggage with him and there possibly would have been an uproar from the Dundee faithful. I honestly thought that Nelms and Keyes were shocked by the response and even though Dodds had been interviewed, the board quickly backtracked him out the door.
      Judging by a lot of the fans’ reaction, many were surprised but not shocked by the appointment of McIntyre but were secretly hoping that we would have brought someone else in instead. I, like many, were hoping that with the arrival of a more experienced manager we would start seeing improvements on the park, better team organisation in each area of the team, improved fitness, much better tactics and formation. But truth be told, this really didn't happen with a lot of fans bemoaning that nothing would change until the new boss got his own players in.
      In all honesty, while there has been a little improvement, it hasn't been enough and I have to ask, how long will it take before we actually start seeing the improvement on the park?
      After the January transfer window we had another mass exodus of players leaving and coming in. We have fielded more players this season than we have played games, and it has been another year of rebuilding due to management failures. I dread to think how many players we have had on our books since we were promoted to the Premier league in 2014 and the amount of money we may have wasted by getting players with long term contract off the books. Surely the board need to have a long hard think about the transfer policies and willingness to back managers in this way.
      We practically have a whole new team from the one which started the first game of the season. Gone are many so called McCann duds and McIntyre seems to have been prudent in his transfers, mostly on loan players who seem an upgrade on the departing players. Yes there are signs of improvement since January, but it still seems that we are no more organised in defence and over the last two games we have shipped eight goals.
      However, we seemed to have addressed our goal scoring issue, with Nelson looking to be a more natural goal scorer than Moussa or Mendy. Wright and Dales give us much better attacking options and Curran will harass anything that moves. But has McIntyre put together a team that can survive the drop? I guess we will have to wait and see.
    • By TheDarkBlues
      Neil McCann believed he brought in players who he thought were the same class as the players at Serie A sides like Milan and Juventus but the fans could see from the offset that most of the new additions weren't good enough.
      Our defence has been a shambles and it doesn’t really matter who seems to play there, nothing really changes and that is testament to the amount of goals we have shipped so far this season. 60 in total so far and that is unacceptable for the club.
      When you are not scoring goals, you expect your defence to at least keep a few clean sheets. Our goal difference could be the difference between staying up or going down.
      You could put our performances and results down to McCann's duds, but I feel that both managers have to take responsibility for our results as well. While McCann could be excused for being inexperienced, you cannot excuse some of his team selections, formations and tactics, as at times they were bloody awful. I'm not sure that given more time the results would have started to change under McCann and I think we could have been left trailing at the basement of the league. In all honestly, the shock was how long the board actually let him go on before changing.
      After McCann was sacked, John Nelms was in the news saying that we needed to bring in a more experienced manager, but in good old Dundee fashion, we couldn't even do that right.
      When the club appointed McIntyre they surely knew that the new boss would want his own assistant and that would be Billy Dodds who would bring a lot of baggage with him and there possibly would have been an uproar from the Dundee faithful. I honestly thought that Nelms and Keyes were shocked by the response and even though Dodds had been interviewed, the board quickly backtracked him out the door.
      Judging by a lot of the fans’ reaction, many were surprised but not shocked by the appointment of McIntyre but were secretly hoping that we would have brought someone else in instead. I, like many, were hoping that with the arrival of a more experienced manager we would start seeing improvements on the park, better team organisation in each area of the team, improved fitness, much better tactics and formation. But truth be told, this really didn't happen with a lot of fans bemoaning that nothing would change until the new boss got his own players in.
      In all honesty, while there has been a little improvement, it hasn't been enough and I have to ask, how long will it take before we actually start seeing the improvement on the park?
      After the January transfer window we had another mass exodus of players leaving and coming in. We have fielded more players this season than we have played games, and it has been another year of rebuilding due to management failures. I dread to think how many players we have had on our books since we were promoted to the Premier league in 2014 and the amount of money we may have wasted by getting players with long term contract off the books. Surely the board need to have a long hard think about the transfer policies and willingness to back managers in this way.
      We practically have a whole new team from the one which started the first game of the season. Gone are many so called McCann duds and McIntyre seems to have been prudent in his transfers, mostly on loan players who seem an upgrade on the departing players. Yes there are signs of improvement since January, but it still seems that we are no more organised in defence and over the last two games we have shipped eight goals.
      However, we seemed to have addressed our goal scoring issue, with Nelson looking to be a more natural goal scorer than Moussa or Mendy. Wright and Dales give us much better attacking options and Curran will harass anything that moves. But has McIntyre put together a team that can survive the drop? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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