I share fans’ hurt, but we will bounce back, says Dundee boss McCann
Dundee manager Neil McCann has told fans he shares their disappointment over their start to the season – but insists his team will come good.
McCann’s side have lost their first four Ladbrokes Premiership games and also suffered home defeats against Championship sides Dunfermline and Ayr in the Beffred Cup.
Few will give the bottom side any chance against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday, but McCann has stressed his faith in his team after adding the likes of Kenny Miller in a busy end to the transfer window.
McCann had to contend with a local newspaper poll which resulted in four out of five respondents calling for him to be sacked, but he said: ‘I don’t bother too much about it. I can have an idea what was posted. I have had four defeats and it might not be in my favour.
‘But as far as I’m concerned this team are a good side and they are better than they are showing. It’s just going to take something to get us clicking and I am right there.
‘I can expect their disappointment, because I share in it. They are fans and all they want is to see their team winning. And I am a fan as well. There’s people followed this club since they were no age. I have been here since I was no age.
‘I share the hurt when we don’t get results, I take it home with me and I share the joy when we get results. And we are working so hard to get them.
‘I don’t worry about my job, I’m confident my side are going to start getting results.’
McCann vowed to take the brunt of the negativity as he tries to ensure a lack of confidence does not further hamper his side.
‘I’ll take it,’ he said. ‘The players have to live with the pressure of playing professional football. They have to live with the pressure of getting results for the club and the supporters. And they have to live with the individually pressure they should be placing upon themselves to give everything they can to do that.
‘So I don’t alleviate that pressure that they should always have as a footballer. But any stick that’s coming their way, I will take it.
‘They are not shirking their workload, they are maybe just lacking a wee bit of confidence.
‘The negativity, I’ll accept. That comes with being a manager. But I’m absolutely positive that those results will come. It just maybe takes that rub of the green or someone being ruthless in front of goal.
‘We know where we are in the table but performances have largely been good without getting any points and I am just reinforcing to the boys that I trust them, 100 per cent. We’re a good side. We’re a very, very good side.
‘We have added some quality just before the window closed that is going to help us.
‘All it will take is us getting our noses in front, winning that first game. And once that comes, we will go. I have no doubts about that.’