The curtain has come down on Neil McCann’s debut season as a manager – how did he do?
Tonight the Tele takes a close look at how the Dundee gaffer has fared in the dugout at Dens Park.
After lifting the club off bottom and saving them from relegation last season as caretaker manager, optimism was high after Neil took the job on full-time with an expressed aim of a top-six finish and progress in the cups a clear signal of ambition.
A ninth-place finish followed with a League Cup quarter-final as well as reaching the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
So, how does his report card look?
The Dark Blues conceded 57 goals in the Premiership this past season, the fourth worst in the division.
With that stat in mind you can’t say they were strong defensively but there are signs of that improving.
Switching between a back four and back five didn’t help at times but neither did the up-and-down form of a number of defenders.
Key next season will be building a partnership in the middle of the defence.
At the moment that would probably be Steven Caulker and Josh Meekings with Darren O’Dea an option in a three with his leadership as captain a real asset. In a two, however, his lack of pace can be caught exposed.
The emergence of Kerr Waddell, though, is a real positive for the future.
Dundee’s strongest area of the team by far – and easily the most consistent.
The manager stuck with his favoured three for much of the campaign and they didn’t let him down.
Glen Kamara was superb throughout the campaign, missing only the one match due to a ban.
His silky touches and accurate passing set attacks going all season, with Mark O’Hara’s athleticism and Paul McGowan’s quality making it a very strong central midfield.
With transfer rumours circling, it remains to be seen if that engine-room trio will still be together when the new campaign gets under way in July.
Thirty-six goals made Dundee the second-lowest scorers in the Premiership, better only than Partick.
Finding a striker who can regularly hit the net next season is surely Neil’s biggest priority over the summer.
This season the main man has been Sofien Moussa with 12 goals in all competitions to his name.
A slow start to league life made him a figure of fun to some but he’s shown his importance to the team with some crucial goals of late.
A-Jay Leitch-Smith fell out of favour towards the end after some good performances while Simon Murray added to the team but only managed three strikes in his loan spell.
Roarie Deacon and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, meanwhile, added six goals between them.
A tendency to switch systems and personnel throughout the season made it difficult to build up any consistency.
At times, gambles during games at Partick, Kilmarnock and at home to St Johnstone, for example, backfired.
The determination not to settle but to go for the win is to be commended but going gung-ho saw Dundee lose games when a few more away points could have been handy by the end of the season.
Finding your feet as a new manager takes time, and scrutiny of tactics is unforgiving – as Neil knows only too well from his days as a pundit.
A year down the learning curve can’t hurt in the new season.
player recruitment was a real positive for the Dark Blues this season under Neil McCann.
After just six months at the club, Jack Hendry had been picked up from Wigan and sold for a club-record fee, thought to be around £1.5 million.
They turned down another big bid for Steven Caulker, whose signing in February was a real coup, and Glen Kamara’s displays have seen big clubs circling.
Elliott Parish and Josh Meekings have overall been positive signings but the jury is still out on the likes of Sofien Moussa, Genseric Kusunga, Jon Aurtenetxe and Lewis Spence.
Negatives would be Randy Wolters, Jeremy Malherbe and not finding a goalscorer.
Dundee fell short of their aim to break into the top six again and sometimes fell short of Neil McCann’s expectations.
Responsibility for that falls on the players ultimately but it’s the manager who picks them and is charged with improving them.
It’s clear looking at the team this time last year to now, there’s been a big improvement in quality – sadly that hasn’t translated to points with just two extra picked up this season.
As far as debut season’s as a gaffer go, though, it’s not a bad base to start from.
Find a player to put away some of the chances they create and Dundee have it in them to push for top-six next season.