St Mirren manager Jack Ross is on the shortlist for the now vacant Dundee job, the Tele understands.
The Dark Blues announced this afternoon that interim boss Neil McCann had left the club following talks last week.
Ross, a former Dundee youth player, is thought to be the board’s number one target after impressing in charge of Alloa Athletic and his current side St Mirren.
Last season he led the Wasps to a club-record 10-game winning streak in all competitions, even holding Celtic at 0-0 for the first 83 minutes at Celtic Park in the Scottish League Cup in September before conceding two late goals to exit the competition.
A month later, with the part-timers second in Scottish League One, he left for St Mirren.
Ross, 40, was named Scottish Championship Manager of the Month for March after overseeing a drastic reversal in fortunes for the Buddies, leading them to the final of the Irn Bru Cup where they lost to Dundee United 2-1 at Fir Park.
Ross is considered a strong candidate to replace for McCann, who will not stay at Dens after steering the Dee to safety in his five games in charge.
A club statement released today said: “Since Neil returned to the club the process for finding our next permanent manager began.
“Extensive discussions have taken place over the past few weeks, and the process continues this week.
“Sky very kindly allowed Neil to step away from his contract to answer the call for the past five weeks.
“We are grateful to them and also to Neil for his hard work over the period.
“We would like to wish Neil all the best for the future.”
Managing director John Nelms said: “On behalf of the entire Dundee Football Club family I’d like to thank Neil for his interim spell in charge.
“He came in and did the job we asked him to do. The club once again owes Neil a debt of gratitude.
“Neil is certainly a credit to Dundee Football Club and Scottish football as a whole.”
McCann said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Dundee FC for their hard work in the time I was manager there.
“It was an honour to become manager of the club where my playing career started and finished and I’m very proud I was able to succeed in keeping them in the Scottish Premiership.
“I wish them great success in the future.”