Former Dundee boss Neil McCann has said he still retains “a great deal of affection” for the club despite being sacked in October.
The former Scotland international was in the Dens Park hotseat for 18 months after being appointed in April 2017.
Although he helped saved the club from relegation and finished ninth in the league the following year, he was sacked last year after the team could only win one of their opening eight games.
But McCann said the experience has not put him off management and said he wishes new Dens Park gaffer James McPake success in the job.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said: “It’s not blunted me in any shape or form. I’m still confident at my next club I’ll be better and hopefully make them a success by the experiences I’ve had.
“James was taking the under-18s and I always liked James and his group closed to me when I trained up there because I wanted a direct pathway into my first team.
“James knew his work at that level was not going unnoticed by me and I was very supportive.
“He knows the club, like myself he has an affinity with them, he’ll go in there and hopefully do well.”
McCann added he believes both Dundee sides should be int he top tier.
He said: “That’s a city with two powerful clubs for our game. They’re Premiership clubs in name, but unfortunately you have to get the results that either get you there or keep you there.
“I hope Dundee bounce back immediately because I’ve a great deal of affection for the club.”