Jim McIntyre has admitted he is revelling in being back in football management, working with the Dundee players on a daily basis.
Before being appointed as the Dark Blues boss in October, the 46-year-old had been out of work since September of last year after being surprisingly sacked by Ross County.
The former striker turned down other jobs before deciding Dens was the right place to reignite his coaching career and he admits he is buzzing to be back involved.
McIntyre said: “It’s the best job outwith playing that you can get, so it’s great to be back on the training ground.
“The thing you miss the most is being on the training ground with the players every day.
“Game times always look after themselves, there’s always the pressure there to go and win the game and that’s something you’ve got to thrive upon as well.
“Trying to get one over on your opposite number and trying to come up with a game plan to win the game, but the biggest buzz management gives you is working with players on a daily basis and seeing players getting better.
“That’s why you should want to be a coach. It’s important that you try to help people to fulfil their potential.”
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McIntyre’s men have shown plenty of potential in their last two games, securing precious points with the draws over St Mirren and Hibs.
However, the manager is looking to utilise the pace on the flanks more through Calvin Miller and Jesse Curran.
McIntyre added: “Pace is a huge thing, especially in that wide area. It can really hurt teams. We didn’t utilise their pace nearly enough (against Hibs). They are still young and they are still learning their position.
“We have the pace and if you look at our three midfielders last Saturday, Martin Woods, Glen Kamara and Paul McGowan – although Gowser doubled up as striker because of the system we wanted to play – every one of them can pick a pass.
“They are clever players and they can spot a pass, so we need to make the runs early enough.
“We have Kenny Miller’s nous as well because he makes clever runs.”