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DUNDEE IN McCANN U-TURN

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DUNDEE have completed the signing of Neil McCann as their new permanent manager, just three days after he was revealed to have left the club.

The 42-year-old was expected to return to his role with Sky Sports, where he was often guest pundit to David Tanner. However, in a dramatic turnaround, the former Rangers man will take the hot seat on a permanent basis.

McCann was originally appointed on an interim basis after Paul Hartley was sacked with five games to go in the Premiership season and Dundee in second bottom position; back-to-back away victories over Motherwell and Kilmarnock pulled the Dens Park outfit to safety.

However they went on to pick only one point up in their next three games.

Dundee had contacted St Mirren to explore the possibility of Jack Ross becoming their manager, but the Paisley club rejected the approach – prompting McCann to be re-offered the role.

The smart money is on Jack ending up as the next manager of Aberdeen should Derek McInnes decide that he has taken the Dons as far as he can.

McInnes is in line for the vacancy at Sunderland.

Neil McCann explained the u-turn on the club’s website.

“I have had time to think about the opportunity of being manager of Dundee FC full-time and decided it was too good for me to turn down,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to being in charge for the new season and work has already begun on a number of fronts. I’m excited about the future and can’t wait to get started.”

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