James McPake confirmed as new Dundee manager

Dundee have confirmed the appointment of James McPake as their new manager, with experienced coach Jimmy Nicholl arriving as his assistant.

Former club captain McPake took over on a caretaker basis for the final game of the season after Jim McIntyre was sacked in the wake of their relegation.

The 34-year-old has now been charged with leading the Dens Park club back to the Ladbrokes Premiership after being given the job on a rolling contract.

The former Livingston, Coventry and Hibernian defender was the club’s under-18s coach and also took charge of the reserve side last season. He was forced to quit playing prematurely after suffering a serious knee injury in a Dundee derby on January 2, 2016.

Nicholl arrives from St Mirren, where he was part of Oran Kearney’s backroom team. He combined that role with his job as assistant to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.

The 62-year-old former Raith Rovers, Millwall and Cowdenbeath manager has previously coached with the likes of Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Hibernian, Falkirk and Rangers.

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