Sport Dundee manager James McPake: "Baiting of Charlie Adam annoyed me"

03:05  16 may  2021
03:05  16 may  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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James McPake (born 24 June 1984) is a retired professional footballer. He is currently the manager of Dundee . McPake played for Livingston, Greenock Morton, Coventry City, Hibernian and Dundee .

Dundee have confirmed James McPake as their new manager - with former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan expected be involved in an advisory capacity. Former captain McPake , 34, steps up from youth coach to replace Jim McIntyre, who was sacked after the club's relegation from the top flight. He helped coach the first team under Paul Hartley and also took charge of the reserves last season. Strachan, meanwhile, is set to return to his first club after positive discussions with the board. The former Coventry City and Southampton boss, who managed Celtic for four years from 2005, has been

James McPake admitted Dundee were given a “bit of a fright” by Raith Rovers after they lost the second leg of their Premiership play-off semi-final.

James McPake wearing a suit and tie © Dundee manager James McPake - his side are in the Premiership play-off final after a 3-1 aggregate w...

Dundee prevailed on aggregate after a 3-0 first leg win but Lewis Vaughan’s first-half strike was the difference at Dens Park.

An often tousy clash saw the hosts’ playmaker Charlie Adam walk on thin ice after he picked up a first-half booking.

A subsequent handball offence and trip on fellow midfielder Ross Matthews had Raith players screaming for a second yellow to be shown to the Dundee skipper. He was eventually replaced with 20 minutes left and is free to lead his side into the first leg of their Premiership play-off final against either Ross County or Kilmarnock on Thursday. It is hoped some fans will be allowed into Dens Park for the clash.

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James McPake 's men will face more friendly action this week. Lee Ashcroft joined Dundee this summer on two-year deal. As for the contest itself, McPake was delighted to see his team back out on the park after so long out and, even if the performance wasn’t perfect, seeing a win to kick off pre-season. He added: “We’ve ticked some boxes and move on to the next one, we got a win and a clean sheet which is important.

Dundee caretaker boss James McPake says he would like the manager 's job on a permanent basis. McPake 's first game in charge of the relegated club ended in a 3-2 Scottish Premiership home defeat by St Mirren. The under-18s coach took the reins this week after the sacking of Jim McIntyre and The 34-year-old former club captain is Dundee 's third manager of the season, with Neil McCann having been sacked eight games into the campaign. Former defender McPake said Dundee had had a "disaster of a season". "We've got to get it right," he said. "We've been used to losing games and if

The Dundee manager revealed he would be attending Ross County’s game at Motherwell while assistant Dave Mackay will attend Kilmarnock’s clash at Hamilton Accies. Ross County only need a point to be safe and condemn Tommy Wright’s Killie side to 11th place, and an appointment with Dundee.

McPake is relieved to be able to call upon Adam, who escaped a second booking despite the efforts of some members of the opposition to draw referee Don Robertson’s attention to him as he sailed close to the wind.

“It was annoying me if I’m honest,” said McPake. “Someone was shouting ‘because it’s Charlie Adam he’s not getting booked again’.

“Don is a good referee and refereed the game pretty well, which was a tough game. Charlie tired a bit in the end and he’s such an important player. He was on a booking with 20 minutes to go so we took him off.

“In the first half we were a bit ropey and over eager to get a goal when we didn’t need to get a goal,” he added. “At half-time we calmed them down.

McPake can now relax for a day at least as Ross County and Kilmarnock seek to avoid second bottom place. “I’m going to Motherwell. I might walk to it, it’s that close (to my home!),” said the manager. “Dave is going to Hamilton. We’ll give it everything for this club because we believe we’re good enough to get there (to the Premiership).”

Dundee play-off win at Kilmarnock seals precious Premiership promotion reward and season turnaround for Charlie Adam .
Dundee enjoyed a final, fruitful flourish to their season at Rugby Park. A run of late form which saw them secure second place on the last day of the league campaign has now brought the precious reward of top-flight football. © Dundee's Charlie Adam and manager James McPake at full time during a Scottish Premiership play-off f... All’s well that ends well, and that’s certainly the case with Dundee. The Dens Park side were last after the first weekend, when they lost 6-2 to Hearts. Skipper Charlie Adam, a Dundee fan in boyhood, recently said they had used the shame felt at this result as motivation.

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