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Dundee confirm departure of manager Mark McGhee following relegation

McGhee was appointed manager of the Dens Park club on a deal until the end of the season in February.

Dundee confirm departure of manager Mark McGhee following relegation from Scottish Premiership SNS Group
Mark McGhee was appointed Dundee manager in February.

Dundee have confirmed the departure of manager Mark McGhee following the club’s relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

It was confirmed that the Dens Park side would finish bottom of the division after St Johnstone beat Aberdeen on Wednesday to seal the relegation play-off spot.

In a statement, Dundee confirmed that the 64-year-old would depart the club and thanked him for his efforts.

The statement read: “Dundee Football Club can confirm that we have agreed not to renew the contract of Mark McGhee at the conclusion of the cinch Premiership campaign.

“He arrived at the Kilmac Stadium in difficult circumstances and we would like to thank Mark for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.

“We would also like to confirm that Simon Rusk will move on from the club to take up a role with the English FA. We would thank Simon for his efforts and wish him all the best in his upcoming appointment.

“The process of finding a new manager has begun and we will update in due course.”

McGhee will take charge of Dundee for a final time when they face Livingston on Sunday.

He said: “When we took the job we had a real belief that we could stay in the division and we are disappointed that we did not achieve that target.

“My role at the club was that of a manager with Simon working as the coach alongside me.

“The Championship is a division that I feel is suited to a younger coach, one with energy, that is what the players deserve. I’m not sure my role is relevant in that environment.

“I would also like to thank John for the opportunity, the players and staff for their commitment, and the fans for their support during my time in charge.

“I wish the club every success in the future.”