DUNDEE captain Darren O’Dea has expressed his disappointment and surprise that Neil McCann will not be signing on as the Dens Park manager on a permanent basis.
McCann joined Dundee with five games to go with the club in freewill and on the edge of relegation playoffs.
Speaking to BBC Scotland Sportsound, O’Dea revealed his thoughts on the 42-year-old’s decision.
“I fully believed he would be in charge next season,” the former Celtic defender said.
“I’m really disappointed because he was fantastic for us.”
O’Dea seemed to be upset at McCann’s snub to continue working beside David Tanner at Sky.
“He will be a manager, but his loyalty maybe to Sky overtook that. I think his reasons are solely on the fact that he had maybe agreed with Sky.
“If you are only coming in for five games, why would you bother?
“The way Neil McCann went about business, he certainly didn’t come in half-hearted.
“But I can completely understand and respect his decision and all I can do is thank him.”
Dundee now have a managerial search to conduct with a vast list of experienced candidates being drawn up.
St Mirren’s Jack Ross, Ross County’s Jim McIntyre and former Hibs boss, Alan Stubbs lead the shortlist for the Dens Park gig according to bookies.