The Dees Turn to English Unknown
Dundee has announced, to the surprise of their loyal fans, that the new man to take the hot seat at Dens Park Stadium will be unknown English manager Jake Goddard. The announcement comes after a week of turmoil at the club following the sacking of outspoken manager Graham Chisholm and his assistant Billy Dodds following an alleged orgy scandal which is still under investigation.
The club founded in 1893 have recently slipped into the Scottish First Division following last season’s relegation from the SPL. To add salt to the wound their arch rivals Dundee United qualified for the Europa League last season leaving the Dees fans with a huge dent in their local pride.
Taking his first press conference Goddard was clearly delighted to be given such an opportunity. “I’m extremely pleased to be given a chance at this club. I know how passionate the fans are up here north of the border and I can only hope to match it with my own enthusiasm. I like attractive football and I fully intend to put a real show on for the Dee’s fans this season. Obviously we want to bounce straight back up to the SPL and everything will be done to ensure we get there.”
Chairman Bob Brennan stated he has full faith in their new man and is looking forward to an exciting season’s football. Reports state he has given Goddard a budget of just £100,000 so the new manager will have to hunt for some bargains.
With an already strong side however Goddard should have no problem getting the Dees back on their feet so long as he can hold onto striker Leigh Griffiths. The young scot looks an exciting prospect and surely the clubs overall success will ultimately rely on him. Dundee are expected to finish 1st in the Scottish First Division but will the inexperience of Goddard hinder the clubs return to the top flight?
Goddard announced that fellow Englishman John Morling would be his new assistant and they were keen to get stuck in right away.