Dundee part company with Hartley

Monday April 17th 2017 at 12:31 PM

Dundee-FC-Manager-Paul-HartleyDundee have sacked manager Paul Hartley, the Ladbrokes Premiership strugglers have announced.

The Taysiders have lost their last seven matches and sit second-bottom of the table, five points ahead of Inverness with five games remaining.

Managing director John Nelms told the club’s official website: “I want to thank Paul for his time with the club. Unfortunately, the business we are in, sometimes change is necessary to achieve the goals we have set. I think somebody in the near future is going to get a good hard working manager.”

Nelms is currently addressing the players and staff and the club will release a further update shortly.

Dundee have won only eight league games this season and their first post-split fixture is at Motherwell on Saturday week.

Hartley joined the Dens Park outfit in February 2014 and took the club up from the Championship to the top flight in his first season.

The club statement read: “Dundee Football Club have this afternoon relieved manager Paul Hartley of his duties.

“Paul took charge of the club in February 2014. He took the club to the SPFL Championship title before clinching a top-six finish in our first season back in the top flight.

“Last season after missing out on the top six on the final day, the club went on to finish eighth in the top division.

“The club currently sit 11th in the Premiership table and the board of directors feel a change is needed ahead of five vital matches between now and the end of the season.”

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