Former Dundee manager Neil McCann has defended his time in charge of the club, claiming ‘outside influences’ had a part to play in his dismissal.
McCann was relieved of his duties at Dens Park in October – leaving the Dark Blues marooned at the foot of the Premiership table with just three points to their name after eight games.
And asked why he feels he was let go, despite talk of an experienced No 2 coming in to help him which never came to fruition, he said: “I don’t know. I could say ‘I’m going to change things’ and the team knew that, the coaching staff knew that and the club knew that as well but ultimately it comes down to results.
“Outside influences can be strong and the club felt they wanted a change. They’re entitled to make the change, they pay those wages that they were giving me.
“I’m of the opinion I would have turned things around. Eight games into the campaign and not a million miles away from eigth, ninth, seventh – it wasn’t too far away.
“It goes back to what I was saying about players, when you’re asked to do something with the budget and bring in certain players who I believe will mature into good players, playing my type of football then they’ve got to be given time.
“Time can run out pretty fast when results aren’t coming, especially maybe when outside influences are becoming stronger.”
McCann admits it was a shock to be sacked but feels he had the players confidence and that they can stay up under new boss Jim McIntyre.
He added: “I don’t know, only time will tell but I do believe there’s good enough players in there to absolutely survive in the Scottish Premiership.”