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Dundee board put their faith in boss Barry Smith

By Ian Roache, 5 January 2013 10.23am.

THE DUNDEE board have pulled back from the brink of sacking Barry Smith and instead given the manager their full support.

Following an emergency meeting yesterday involving directors Maurice Kidd, Eddie Devlin and Mark Gallacher in person, as well as Fraser MacDonald and Steve Martin via conference call, the decision was taken to keep faith with Smith despite the Dark Blues’ perilous position in the SPL.

The board, in a statement, called for everyone with Dundee at heart to “stand up and be counted” between now and the end of the season as they try to avoid relegation.

Smith is certainly up for the fight and will be emboldened by this vote of confidence.

His plan now is to boost his squad during this month’s transfer window then have a real go at staving off the dreaded drop despite being nine points behind nearest rivals Ross County.

Smith declared: “After today’s meeting the board have assured me I will be the manager until the end of the season and beyond.

“It has been difficult because of the speculation but it’s done now and the board are 100% behind me. That’s all that matters now.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the club and turning things around.”

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exdvr More than 1 year ago
Barry Smith and Dundee FC have been on a hiding to nothing all season. As everybody knows they ended last season 24 points away from the only available promotion spot and it was only because of the ridiculous events elsewhere that they were invited to make up the numbers at the last possible moment. The manager and the team are performing as well as can be reasonably expected and deserve unqualified support in their contining fight for top league survival.
symackay More than 1 year ago
what utter drivel!! The Manager and the team ARE NOT performing as well as can be expected. Barry is a very lucky man to still be the manager of DFC. His signings have been woeful. The players look unfit....all of them He signed 5 defensive midfielders... and no creativity His tactics have been niave at best. Whatever happened to there being not much difference between the 1st division and the bottom half of the SPL?? And if our "1st division squad" had played in this years 1st division we would be nowhere near winning it. Even if we had then you can bet that Barry would have resigned the majority for the SPL. Apart from when Rae was at Dens last year we have done absolutely nothing and might have ended up in division 2.
Bernard Henderson More than 1 year ago
Agree exdvr - procrastination by the SPL left Dundee with only a couple of weeks to prepare for life in the top(!) league with essentially players who were plying their trade in the First Division the previous season.
Eli the Bearded More than 1 year ago
I seriously wonder about the expectations of those people calling for the head of Barry Smith.There are a whole host of circumstances beyond his control and the man has given his heart and soul to the Club.Purely from a financial aspect there was the very real danger not so long ago that football could have ended completely at Dens Park so it is going to take some time to build the Club back up.Generally the fans have beeen fantastic so its time to get behind Barry and his Team and get the Club back to their position as Dundee's premier Club.
Max More than 1 year ago
No more SPL excuses please, it has become like a scratched record over the past few days. Honestly do Dundee fans believe that this Dundee squad could compete in and win this season's 1st Division championship. Results this season don't lie, this is one of the poorest Dundee squads for years. Barry Smith and the BoD must take responsibility for a signing policy that has resulted in a team that can't defend, can't score, and where the midfield is non-existent. Dundee - SPL support, SFL club. The fans deserve better than this, much better. Failure on this scale should not be tolerated.
Gordon Methven More than 1 year ago
I don't believe Dundee are in a financial position to consider sacking their manager. Who on earth, that they could afford, would want the job and be better than Barry Smith? Common sense dictated that he should remain in post.