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    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      The official statement from the club read:

      'Dundee FC and our former manager Paul Hartley have agreed the financial arrangements arising from the early termination of his contract.
      The details of the arrangement are to remain confidential.
      Dundee FC are grateful to Paul for his services to the club during his tenure and wish him every success for his future career.'

      We at The Dark Blues website will also like to echo the sentiments of the club by wishing Paul all the best for his future.
       
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      After starting legal proceedings with the club last month with regards to his severance package, The Evening Telegraph are reporting that both sides will likely now be settling out of court. 

      It's understood that Hartley will receive a lump sum upfront instead of the rumoured monthly payments that he was receiving so far. 

      Hartley lost his job as Dundee manager after going a record breaking seven defeats in a row with the Dee, our nineteenth at the time overall in the league.

      The ex Dundee manager has been linked with taking up a coaching position with Celtic.
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      On Sunday they face the toughest test of them all as runaway league leaders Celtic visit Dens Park looking to continue their unbeaten run — and possibly lift the title if other results go their way.
      The Dark Blues also face Aberdeen at home, Ross County and Hearts away and Hamilton at Dens before the split, needing to overhaul Partick’s three-point lead over them to make it into the top half.
      And Hartley says there’s still a chance to get in there.
      He said: “It was a good February for us, we had some strong performances but March started off in not a great way.
      “It’s credit to the players for the February performances, they dug out some big wins and some good performances.
      “There’s still a chance for us to get in the top six but we’ve thrown away points at times where we’ve been in good positions and just not killed teams off.
      “That’s just the way it’s been, we’ve got to make sure we get on with it.
      “We’ve got 10 important games, whether we’re in the top six or the bottom six, to get as many points as we can.”
      The first of those 10 remaining games comes with the Hoops on the verge of the title.
      And with Dundee rated at a massive 16/1 by the bookies to pick up three points this weekend — and their last victory over the Celts at Dens coming way back in 1989 — getting anything will be an upset.
      Hartley added: “I think they’re excellent, their results tell you that.To go through the season domestically unbeaten is a fantastic achievement.
      “They’ve got players that can win games on their own.
      “There is a massive gap because of the quality they possess.
      “The way they’ve performed this season has been absolutely outstanding.
      “It wouldn’t matter if they were going for the title, it’s still an important game for us but it might have a little added edge to them if results go their way tomorrow.
      “But that’s not what we want on our own patch, we want to try and put on a show because we need the points as much as Celtic.”
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      Firstly, we suffered a record seventh consecutive defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Hamilton at Dens which was a shocking performance from the team overall. There was no fight nor did it look like there was any desire from the players except for a chosen few.
      Secondly, we slipped down to eleventh in the table. The dreaded play-off spot. This team were having thoughts and aspirations of finishing in the top six only back in March. It’s been the all mightiest of arse collapses from the team to be in the position they are in now.
      Lastly, Paul Hartley was giving his marching orders on Monday to bring to an end his reign at Dundee which lasted three years, two months and twelve days.
      I wasn’t surprised by the decision. In fact, I felt that it maybe should have come after the 7-0 demolition we bent over and took at home from Aberdeen a few weeks ago. I was willing to live in hope that he could turn it around with the games remaining but Saturday put an end to that for me.
      The team looked disjointed. No one looked like they knew what the hell they were doing. Hateley was playing right wing back (even I never knew where he was supposed to be) and Cammy Kerr was shunted over to play on the left again.
      The body language along with the lack of effort, especially in the second half, from some players suggested to me that he had lost the dressing room.
      In all honesty, it was a sad end to Hartley’s Dundee managerial career that started with a win at home to Hamilton and then finished with defeat at home to Hamilton.
      Paul helped us over the finishing line to win the Championship in 2014 then in our first season, managed the team to a very unlikely top six finish. The following season, we missed out on finishing in the top six on the last day of the season despite having possibly three players (Scott Bain, Greg Stewart, Kane Hemmings) who were the best or close to for their position in the country.
      It was a massive disappointment to finish seventh that year and this was merely papered over by the Doon Derby where we relegated our neighbours on our own patch.
      This season has been a disaster. We flirted with the prospect of being safe this year with a top half finish but ultimately, we bottled it. I lost count of the chances we had to create gaps with the bottom clubs only to blow them. We then went on a record breaking six consecutive defeats only to go on and match that record and then beat it. All in the space of six months or so.
      So, with Hartley’s desk cleared, it was time to find an interim manager for the reminder of the season. Names such as Alex Neil, Jim Duffy, Alan Stubbs and even Fabrizio Ravanelli were banded about but our fate would be placed in the hand of Sky Sports Pundit and former Dundee hero, Neil McCann.
      It’s up there with some of the strangest appointments out there. It caught me off guard and I’ll hold my hands up and declare I was underwhelmed. You then remember that he knows Dundee from his two spells with us. He has seen the team play plenty of times this season and will know the players. There is no doubting that he will have been watching us in the past while wondering why this player was being played there, why we weren’t using a certain formation so the players could play to their strengths etc etc.
      It’s a massive gamble to bring him in for the final five games of the season for his first managerial job but then again, no matter who we brought in, it would have been a massive gamble considering the timescale.
      We need someone to come in and motivate the players. We need someone to come in with a passion for the club and to boot them right up the arse! We need someone to come in to play a simple formation that the players can all adjust to and feel comfortable with.
      Is McCann the man to do this?
      Well, we will find that out soon but one certainty is, he will have my full backing. He has just under two weeks to get in, make his mark on this team and get them back to picking up points. It’s not the most ideal situation to be in but it’s happening now and everyone from the fans to the players have to back each another.
      This starts next weekend at Motherwell, the scene of our best performance this season.
      More than ever, let’s get behind the team and MON THE DEE!
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      The former St Johnstone captain, who started his career at Dens Park, thought Paul Hartley would have kept his old club in the Premiership.
      And the fact that the Dark Blues have gone for a rookie manager to replace him has surprised the Stirling Albion boss.
      “I’m sure Dundee will still be fine but it is obviously a real concern being dragged into the bottom two,” he said.
      “Six weeks ago it looked as if they might have been the team to pip Partick Thistle for the final spot in the top six. But they have been on a terrible slide, losing seven in a row.
      “It can be difficult to get out of runs like that and obviously it has cost Paul Hartley his job.
      “The timing of the change was a surprise. They weren’t in a great situation but it wasn’t the end of the world. There are a lot of teams within touching distance. One win takes them out of second bottom spot.
      “It is difficult bringing anyone so late in the day. I think they’d have been better sticking with what they had with only five games left. Paul would probably have got them out of it.
      “But they are obviously hoping Neil brings something fresh to give them a lift but it is a gamble.”
      Mackay added: “Obviously Neil was a very experienced player and he has been watching Scottish football as a television pundit. He isn’t coming into the unknown.
      “It wouldn’t have been such a surprise if the appointment had been made at a different time of the season.
      “But normally clubs go for fire fighters and the tried and tested in these circumstances.
      “It might work a treat for Dundee but it’s certainly some challenge for Neil going into his first managerial post given the situation Dundee are in.
      “It was only natural people would question the appointment because Neil doesn’t have much managerial experience.
      “He was in training at St Johnstone keeping himself fit for a few months when Derek McInnes was manager.
      “I hope he does well. He is a nice guy, a great pro and I have a lot of time for Neil. And it is a good opportunity for a young Scottish manager.”
      Mackay will forever be remembered as Saints’ first Scottish Cup-winning skipper but seeing both Dundee clubs playing second tier football next season isn’t a scenario he would wish for.
      “It would be terrible for Dundee as a city if they had two clubs out of the Premiership,” he said. “It would be bad for Scottish football because they are both big clubs with big supports.
      “But as we have seen with Hibs, Hearts and Rangers, you aren’t too big to lose your place at the top level.
      “If a club isn’t good enough over the course of a season they don’t deserve to stay up.
      “And for teams going down now it is harder than ever to get back up. It’s not easy to bounce back right away.
      “From what I hear the Americans seem to be the type of people that are committed to the club. I don’t think they will cut and run if Dundee do go down.
      “They have put a lot of money in already and have plans for a training ground and potentially a stadium to take the club forward.”

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