Dundee FC tonight confirmed former interim boss Neil McCann as their new permanent manager.
The Sky TV pundit secured the Dark Blues top flight status last term, but had been expected to leave – with St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross favourite to take over.
However, after days of drama which saw managing director John Nelms fly to Spain for talks with Ross, McCann has agreed to take the hotseat on a permanent basis.
Nelms said: “We’ve had discussions with a number of candidates but Neil has been our number one choice since taking over as interim manager at the split.
“We were inundated with applications for the position over the past few weeks; however, the attributes Neil demonstrated are consistent with the qualities required to lead Dundee Football Club.
“We are looking forward to success in the upcoming seasons with Neil at the helm.”
McCann took the reins as interim manager in April and guided the club to safety in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Wins against Motherwell and Kilmarnock got McCann off to the perfect start. That was followed by a 1-1 draw with Ross County at Dens which proved to be enough to keep Dundee in the top flight.
The new boss said: “After completing my spell as interim manager I returned to Sky Sports fully committed to fulfilling my duties and continuing my career in broadcasting.
“In the past few days, however, I have had time to think about the opportunity of being manager of Dundee FC full time and decided it was too good for me to turn down.
“I’m looking forward to being in charge for the new season and work has already begun on a number of fronts. I’m excited about the future and can’t wait to get started.”