Dundee defender Andy Boyle admits he was shocked by Neil McCann’s departure as Dundee boss but says they must move on under new man Jim McIntyre.
Boyle was one of the last signings McCann made for the Dark Blues at the end of the summer transfer window and he has made a good impact, so far, scoring in the 2-0 win at Hamilton – Dundee’s only league win of the season.
And the Irish centre-back insists he wants to maintain those good displays under Macca as they look to rise from the foot of the table, starting at Livingston today.
“With the new manager coming in it’s been quite positive and bubbly,” the 27-year-old said.
“We had a quick chat with what the manager expects of us and what way he wants us to play.
“We’ve had some good training sessions, full of energy and enjoyable.
“As professional footballers we have to be ready for all kinds of situations and, either way, we knew we were going to be in on Wednesday morning and had games to prepare for.
“From Tuesday when Neil McCann left there was no real indication the turnaround was going to be so quick but it was training as normal.
“With the international break over the past week it was a bit of a surprise on Tuesday when the news broke but it’s just one of those things.
“Neil was great at the time when he was here, in the short time I got to work with him.
“We need to move on now, though, because we’ve got big games coming up over the next few days.”
Newly-promoted Livi are flying high under manager Gary Holt and sit in fifth place in the Premiership table on 15 points, 12 ahead of the Dark Blues.
Their former-player manager Kenny Miller is now on the books of Dundee and Boyle admits the players have been using the hitman’s experience ahead of a game he feels they need to get a result from.
He added: “Lads will probably speak to Kenny and ask him about what they’ll face in their different positions.
“Since I’ve been here Kenny’s been brilliant, he knows the game very well and has a huge pedigree in the game so he’s a big help.
“Livingston have the artificial pitch and that will be difficult compared to what we’re used to but we showed against Hamilton that we can play on that.
“We know it’ll be a test for us because, obviously, they have gone so well at the start of the season.
“It’s a game we believe we can get a positive result from.”
And the Dee will be hoping they can pick up some points as it doesn’t get any easier with current league leaders Hearts coming to Dens Park on Tuesday night.
Although they’ve not had much of a chance to train as a group under Jim and have been out of the swing of regular matches because of the international break, Boyle feels they’ll be ready for the challenge of playing two games in four days.
Boyle said: “As players you want to play as many games as possible.
“You’d rather play games than train and the Saturday-Tuesday is a chance to get maximum points on the board and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it now.
“It’s important now to get results and try to climb the table.
“We’ve picked up of late and we have the confidence going into today that we’re more than capable of getting a result.
“We’ll, hopefully, take that into Tuesday but today’s game is first and foremost.
“It’s a massive game for us.”