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  1. The managers interview discussing this weekends game against Arbroath.
  2. James McPake looking to get back to winning ways this weekend against Elgin at Dens Park.
  3. Cammy Kerr expecting a tough game as Inverness visit Dens for a second time this season.
  4. James McPake welcomes Aberdeen to Dens this weekend in the Betfred Cup.
  5. A Sofien Moussa double, both from penalties, and another strike from midfielder Mark O’Hara gave Dundee a much needed 3-0 victory after suffering back-to-back defeats against Aberdeen and Hearts last week. “I’m smiling. I didn’t hide that I was so disappointed (on Tuesday), I’ve said it in a load of interviews about a lack of application and responsibility,” said McCann. “I think we showed that when the application is right, we look a right good side so I am really happy with the performance and some really good individual performances in a great team performance. “The main thing for me was the energy levels. We broke forward with unbelievable good purpose and that put Partick on the back foot.” “It was total team performance. “From how poor we were on Tuesday night, to flip it to how good we were says a lot about them.” Dundee’s victory along with Ross County’s defeat seen the Dee move back out of the bottom two, sitting two points behind Hamilton who are ninth
  6. The Dark Blues were well and truly on the ropes against the Jambos when they went 2-0 down in the 48th minute following what had been a dismal first-half display. However, McGowan came off the bench to help spark a revival, equalising after Darren O’Dea had pulled one back before Marcus Haber netted a winner deep in stoppage time. The 29-year-old midfielder candidly confesses though that Dundee simply cannot afford to play as poorly as they did in the first 45 against Hearts when they travel to face Partick Thistle at Firhill tonight. He said: “If we hadn’t won we could have gone bottom but now we’re seventh in the table. “This wee mini period before the winter break, we want to get as many points as possible. “We can worry a bit less about what’s behind our back. “But it’s only part of the job done. There’s still a lot of work to be done. “Every game is massive now for any team round about that area, including this one coming up against Thistle. “If we can put a few wins together, we could push away from the area where we don’t want to be in obviously. “The Hearts result is great, but we can’t afford to produce what we did in the first-half again. It wasn’t acceptable. “The manager won’t let that happen – that’s for sure. He sets high standards. “We got out of it ultimately but, on another day, we could have lost 2-0 or 3-0. “It reminded me of the Inverness game earlier this season when we were so off it. “You could understand why the crowd were getting agitated and angry. “That first-half against Hearts wasn’t us, when you consider how we train each day.” McGowan is normally one of the first names on the team sheet and it was something of a surprise to see him selected on the bench against Hearts after returning from suspension. However, while obviously not happy to be a sub, he fully respects the manager’s decision and he was just delighted to help play his part in the victory. McGowan added: “I don’t take my place for granted. I never have done and never will. That’s not me. “I had no grievance with the manager’s decision to start me on the bench against Hearts. “To be fair, the boys did well in the game before at Parkhead when I was suspended. “Nobody deserved to drop out from that point of view. “I know, though, what I bring to the team. “I respect the gaffer’s decision although obviously I wasn’t happy with it. “But I think I proved what a good character I am by going on and making some sort of difference. I will never let it affect me. “I got the goal and had a hand in the other one after it which shows I am all for doing what’s best for the team. “At the end of the day, it’s a team game and whoever the gaffer picks has to be respected. “Listen, I’m used to being a starter and that was the first time I’ve been a sub in I don’t know how long. “But I was happy with my response and, more importantly, the end result on the night.” While admitting the first-half performance against Hearts wasn’t acceptable, McGowan insists the Dundee players deserve credit for their stirring fight-back. However, he wasn’t entirely sure if the reversal of fortunes had been sparked by harsh half-time words from Hartley. He said: “Well, I wasn’t in there at the interval as I was warming up. “But I would imagine so because he was fuming on the sidelines. “We weren’t sticking to the game-plan and it just wasn’t happening. “All credit to the boys, though, being 2-0 and responding the way they did. It speaks volumes for us. “We’ve had a lot of knocks this season. You could tell the fans were frustrated. “Everybody, to be fair, was feeling the same way. “All credit to Hearts because they bossed it in the first-half. “But the gaffer made some changes and we got a wee lift from the goal. “Then, when we got the first one, we were confident we could go on and get another one. “It’s probably the best feeling you can have, coming from 2-0 down and winning in stoppage-time. “It’s up there with the best celebrations we’ve had. “The boys were buzzing in the dressing-room at the end and quite rightly so. “We were dead and buried so I couldn’t have seen us coming back. “All credit to the guys, we stuck at it and got the goals we deserved. “Remember, Hearts are a great side. They’ve got some top players. “It’s a massive three points for our season when you consider how tight the league is. “Every point is just massive and that’s how it’s going to be between now and the end of the season.”
  7. Orig. article here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/when-i-first-arrived-at-dundee-i-got-some-of-the-we-know-where-your-family-lives-stuff-vlrktvlwg John Nelms, the 45-year-old managing director of Dundee, admits that people were uneasy when he showed up as the new co-owner at Dens Park in 2013. The plain fact is, Dundee FC had seen enough dubious cowboys and dream merchants to last a lifetime, some of whom had endangered the very existence of the club. So who was this latest character? The likeable, plainspoken Nelms recalls his early days at Dens. “Everyone was kind of nervous when I came in,” he says. “And I understood why. When I arrived I got some of the ‘we know where your family lives, we know where your kids go to school’ stuff. Thankfully, that is no more. “There was a load of cynicism to overcome. But I appreciated what the fans were going through. They didn’t know me personally: who was this guy, what was he going to do? “That is why we made no big promises. But we said we are going to put a shift in for this club and try to build it up. I am here every day, trying to make it better. I don’t know if I’m ever going to get 100 per cent buy-in from people, but if we keep doing what we are doing, I think they will see we have the best interests of this club at heart.” Nelms might just be winning people round. Together with fellow-American, Tim Keyes, the pair own around 62 per cent of Dundee, via Keyes Capital Investment, and have seen the club grow and thrive in the top flight in Scottish football since their arrival. The intriguing question remains: why are Nelms and Keyes at Dens Park? What possible sane reason can there be for American businessmen throwing their money at Scottish football, let alone at the basket case that was recently Dundee FC? “It is a bit of everything: the lifestyle, a bit of love, plus the challenge of taking a struggling club and trying to put business acumen into it and building it up,” says Nelms. “For me, it’s not just the love of football, but a love of this country as well. “When I was young, after being born and raised in the USA, my father got a job fixing missiles to nuclear submarines at Faslane. He worked originally in Missouri, where he was a jet-propulsion engineer, but then headed a team over to Scotland when I was seven years old. We lived in Rhu and I went to school in Helensburgh. “My father died when I was 14, but I’d been back and forth to Scotland a few times since on holiday. I always felt like I’d come back here eventually. And then the opportunity at Dundee came up. “Back in 2013 we had a family meeting with my kids — then aged 13 and 11 — before we embarked on this. It was, ‘right, guys, dad is thinking of doing this … is this something you’d want to do?’ And the answer was, ‘yes, absolutely.’ They were fully into it. So here I am.” Nelms’ sworn ambition is to do right by Dundee, build the club up, make it a success and a proud part of the Tayside community. He emits such warmth and feeling and determination for the club that you are left thinking, ‘if this guy is another chancer, he is a damn fine actor.’ The growing feeling in Jute City, after early doubts, is that Nelms is the real deal. “I think having a good work ethic is important,” he says. “I always say to my kids, ‘you can’t have million-pound dreams with a minimum-wage work ethic.’ So I am working all the time on Dundee. “The club has no debt. We promised the fans that we wouldn’t take debt with us. The club is self-sufficient and we run to a strict budget. In fact only yesterday a guy said to me, ‘you’re the tightest man in Scotland with an American accent’. I took it as a compliment. I was trying to conclude an absolutely tight deal for the club. “If we are going to do something that is outwith our budget, then we’ll put the money in first. The money comes from our own pockets — from Keyes Capital. Everything is well thought out. If something is going to cost X, and if we think it is a good investment, and will help us achieve what we are trying to achieve at Dundee, then we make a decision to put the money in.” But surely, I asked Nelms, you’re not just throwing money into the club? Nelms and his investors cannot possibly be in this to be down on the deal. Can Keyes Capital reclaim the money, which they occasionally pump into the club, down the line? “No … or at least not until we sold the business,” Nelms replied. “It is a long, patient process. This is a business and we want to grow the business. Put it this way — and these are not real numbers, by the way — but if what we took over was a one million pound business, then we think that what we took over is worth a lot more now. And we believe, as we build it, it will be worth a lot more again. At the end of the day, someone might not want to take it off us, and we might never want to sell it. So it could be for generations that we hang on to this club, I don’t know. “We don’t have an exit strategy. We might sell it in ten years’ time, I don’t know. Or they might plant me in the ground when I’m still here, who knows?” There has been recent consternation at the thought of Nelms and Keyes demolishing Dens Park and moving Dundee to a new site near Camperdown on the west side of the city. He happily explains the furore. “Tim and I are deepening our roots in Scotland. We want to develop and do more things here on the business side. Are we looking at a new stadium? Yes, we are looking to see if building a new stadium might be right and sustainable for this club. “This piece of land came up for sale, and it is a good piece of land, so we purchased it [for a reputed £1.2 million]. The club didn’t purchase it —Tim and I purchased it. It is one of those where, we want to do what’s best for the club, and if putting a stadium there is best for the club, then we’ll try to do that. “Look, I love it here at Dens Park — absolutely. We would love to upgrade Dens, but I don’t know that we can; it would be almost impossible. “We are behind the times in this stadium, so we have to keep looking forward. The club has been here for 100 years. Now we have to think of the next 100 years.” Nelms spent much of yesterday concluding the deal to sell striker Greg Stewart to Birmingham City. Today at lunchtime Rangers arrive at Dens Park. He is an engaging character, now utterly immersed in the saga of Dundee. “When we came here, we had plans, and we are well ahead of where we thought we’d be,” he says. “But the real answer is, we’ll never be satisfied. We’ll always be looking ahead to what is next, to what we can do to make Dundee that bit better.”
  8. The club would like to invite all our female supporters along for a very special Ladies Day at Dens Park on February the 14th as we take on Partick Thistle. Your day will start with a Champagne reception and a welcome from Managing Director John Nelms who will then take you on a guided tour of the ground. The day will then consist of the chance to enjoy a hot buffet along with complimentary wine and beer and watch the match from the comfort of the Directors box. You will also receive a Match day programme, a special memorabilia goodie bag to take home and subject to availability a player to visit the lounge following the match. The event will be hosted by former Dundee player and ex Scotland manager Craig Brown in the Legends Lounge. Priced at £75 (including VAT) Entry time is 12.45pm for a 1pm start. Those in attendance will be entered into a prize draw to win hospitality in the Charlie Cooke lounge for a later game, subject to availability. To book please contact Alison McQueen on 01382 884450 or by email at [email protected]@Dundeefc1783.co.uk
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