Former Dundee boss Paul Hartley has a point to prove

© DC ThomsonPaul Hartley.
Paul Hartley.

Former Dundee boss Paul Hartley has a point to prove after returning to football management with Cove Rangers.

Hartley has been out of work since being sacked as Falkirk manager last August after losing the opening three league games of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Before that, he was dismissed at Dens Park.

But the 42-year-old feels he has a huge amount to offer and is excited by the challenge of taking charge of the SPFL’s newest club on a three-year deal on a full-time basis as they prepare for a maiden season in League Two.

He said: “I think you always have something to prove.

“Falkirk was a tough gig. I made mistakes there but was I given enough time? I don’t think so.

“You have to learn from that. Once you come out of the game you look at what you could have done better.

“I have been given another opportunity and hopefully it is one we can grasp.

“It has been a long 10 months but I’m delighted to be back in.”

Hartley will be assisted by Gordon Young, who was Hartley’s assistant at Falkirk, and fitness coach Tam Ritchie.

He replaces co-managers John Sheran and Graeme Mathieson with Sheran, who suffered a heart attack in April, becoming director of football, while Mathieson and first team coach Roy McBain have left the club.