Barry Smith gets vote of confidence from Dundee board

Fans had called for Barry Smith to be sacked. Picture: SNS
Fans had called for Barry Smith to be sacked. Picture: SNS
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DUNDEE have said they will back their manager Barry Smith by trying to add to their squad in the January transfer window.

SPL strugglers Dundee currently sit bottom of the table with 12 points from 21 games. Their poor form throughout the season lead to some sections of their supporters calling for Smith to be removed after their loss to St Johnstone on Wednesday.

The board at Dens Park have stated that they will stick by their struggling manager and give him some backing in the current transfer window.

Dundee said in a statement: “We expect that the Manager and the team will continue working hard in training and on match days.

“As a Board, we will redouble our efforts with the Manager to try and add more quality to the squad and indeed this has continued during December and over the last few days when both the CEO and the Manager have been working on targets to bring into Dens for the second half of the season.

“Media speculation over the last few days has caused great uncertainty at the Club and this has been very unfair to the Manager, the fans and to everyone involved at Dundee FC.”

Dundee were thrust into the SPL at the last minute, after being named as Club 12 following Rangers’ relegation to the Scottish Third Division.

Barry Smith, 38, was appointed manager of the Dens Park club in October 2010.