Monday, March 22, 2010

To me at least, one of most shocking stories of the weekend was Dundee sacking Jocky Scott.

Now, there's possibly not too many Fife fans reading this that rate Scott too highly as a manager in the first place, but to sack a manager who has delivered his Club a trophy already this season (the Challenge Cup) and who has his team sitting top of the First Division and looking for promotion to the SPL really beggars belief.

The reason given was that Dundee had failed to win their any of their last four games and the Dens Park Board were worried that he didn't have what it takes to deliver them Premier football next season.

The Club statement said: "The unanimous decision of the board was not taken lightly, but it was felt that in view of results since the turn of the year move was essential and in the best interests of the club. As a board we felt it was vital this move was made while there was still enough time for a new manager to be appointed and to secure the victories required to get the team back to the SPL at the end of the season.".

Dundee have spent the last five seasons in the Scottish First Division and it had been stated before the season began that staying out of the top flight for any longer was not acceptable for the money that was being spent.

It's not the first time that Dundee have sacked a manager whilst sitting top, having previously got rid of John "Cowboy" McCormack, who Scott replaced. They haven't wasted any time in getting a replacement in either, installing Queen of the South manager Gordon Chisholm and assistant Billy Dodds today.

It's disgusting stuff really as far as I'm concerned. Queens themselves still have a chance of promotion if they win their two games in hand and just to add extra spice to things, the two teams meet tomorrow night on League business. I'd fancy heading along to that myself if I only could. Should be an interesting atmosphere and game.

It's a pity all this wasn't done before Dundee lost to Raith in the Scottish Cup last weekend! Might have given us a better result.

Chisholm has done wonders at Palmerston in recent seasons but I don't envy him the job he has taken on now. The Dens Park board clearly will not accept anything except promotion and future success. What price his job security?

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