Dundee will ‘tread carefully’ over prospect of Billy Dodds return

Billy Dodds has been linked with a return to Dundee as Jim McIntyre's assistant manager. Picture: John Devlin
Billy Dodds has been linked with a return to Dundee as Jim McIntyre's assistant manager. Picture: John Devlin
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Dundee managing director John Nelms admits the club will tread carefully over the appointment of an assistant manager after some fans objected to the prospect of Billy Dodds’ return.

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Dodds assisted new Dundee boss Jim McIntyre at Ross County but the former Dens Park striker’s standing among some supporters fell after he objected to the deal to take the club out of administration in 2011.

Dodds had been assistant manager to Gordon Chisholm before being sacked by administrators, who later confirmed the pair had voted against a successful Company Voluntary Arrangement.

When asked about his backroom staff, McIntyre said: “I have still to sort that out. It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours so we have still to organise that and still to confirm who is coming in.”

But managing director Nelms admitted he would listen to fans, saying: “The club do get involved in this. The fans have made their voice heard, I’m listening to that voice and we’re taking all things into consideration.

“They do have a long-standing relationship but there are others in the mix as well.”

When asked whether McIntyre would have the final say, Nelms added: “Yes, it’s his team. In this case it’s a unique situation so we will tread lightly.”

Nelms admitted McIntyre was at the top of his pre-prepared succession list after the former Dunfermline and Queen of the South manager was appointed 24 hours after Neil McCann left.

“We have a list of managers that we have had ever since Paul Hartley was being looked at by Cardiff City, and we didn’t have a very good succession plan in place,” he said.

“The criteria has changed recently, gone from young, relatively inexperienced managers that look like they are going to move up and do really good things, to where we would like about 10 years’ experience, someone that knows the Scottish game.

“And then we look at points per game, win percentages and numerous amounts of other things. Then we get into the craft side of things and see what kind of man-manager he is, the style of play and so forth. And Jim was at the top of the list.

“Right now I have a list that’s still there and it will be updated as time goes on. We were so ill-prepared back then that we had to make sure that didn’t happen again.”

McCann left after losing seven out of eight Ladbrokes Premiership games this season and after attempts to bring in support for the 44-year-old fell through.

Nelms, who initially handed McCann the job while he was a TV pundit, said: “It’s always difficult. The organisation is quite tight.

“I don’t like to use the term ‘family’ too much but we all look out for each other and do get quite attached to each other, so any time we have a change of personnel it’s tough, it’s tough on the whole organisation, myself included.

“But sometimes we have to make these decisions and in football unfortunately we have to make these decisions more than normal businesses. It’s very difficult and it’s not something that we take lightly.

“Ideally we would want him to be very, very successful, and I truly believe he will be very, very successful in the future.”

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