Dundee Blog: On the park troubles are nothing compared to Brown appointment



It’s been announced today to universal confusion and among Dees anger, that John “Bomber” Brown has been appointed as Dundee manager. Although considered a Dundee legend by those with long memories, Bomber is now recognised more for his connections to Rangers and his bombscare managerial experiment at Clyde (one Clyde fan on “Sportsound” called him their worst ever manager-even worse than Jim Duffy) and emerged as a surprise front-runner this week for the post.

This appointment, even if it is only an interim appointment, only makes the decision to sack Barry Smith even more perplexing. John Brown’s managerial record is abysmal and inspires absolutely no hope whatsoever, and no amount of “Dundee ties” should overwhelm this given our situation. I don’t care how much of a disciplinarian or a passionate individual he may be, results are delivered by experience and knowledge, neither of which he has displayed.

There are too many questions to ask over this whole saga. Why on earth would we pick somebody with such a poor record instead of one of the many free agents (Calderwood, McPherson etc) that were available, particularly those who have experience of trying to save struggling club? Why would we pick an individual whose overwhelming links to Rangers (and cringeworthy statements in recent years about Rangers’ situation) would only exacerbate accusations of our team being a “wee brother” of the Govan side? Why would the Board of a fan-owned club pick a man who the fans pretty much unanimously said they would oppose the appointment of?

This is short-sighted nepotism at its worst and an absolute PR disaster for our team at a time we didn’t need it. Our club have become the laughing stock of Scottish football today and we deserve all the pelters that we get from pundits and other fans. If we’re a fan-owned club, it’s time that we showed it and told the Board (which has a majority of “fans’ reps”) to get its act together.

As much as it pains me to say it, this week I have been 100% ashamed to be a Dundee fan. We need change at our club, and we need it now.


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Gary Cocker is a Dundee season ticket holder that lives and works in Edinburgh. He started writing for Scotzine after being encouraged by the emergence of new media outlets that offer a fan's perspective of the beautiful game, but also enjoys the work of traditional football journalists such as Graham Spiers and Tom English. Outside of football, Gary enjoys HBO shows, politics, reading and trying to expand his culinary expertise beyond chicken fajitas.

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