PAUL Hartley is the leading candidate to replace John Brown as manager of Dundee. The club parted company with Brown last night and the former Hearts midfielder has been installed as the favourite to take over.
Hartley left Alloa last month despite guiding the club from the bottom tier of Scottish football to the Championship. His reputation soared in the process and he would be interested if approached by Dundee.
The Dens Park board released a statement after severing ties with Brown despite sitting joint top of the Championship: “The club agreed with John’s expressed view that, after recent results, this is the best way forward. John stated that he has loved his time at Dundee FC as a player and as a manager. He still passionately wants Dundee FC to win the league this season and would share in our pride if we go on to do so.
“The board of directors would like to put on record their thanks not only for his valiant efforts in attempting to keep us in the Premier League last season when no-one gave us a chance, but also for his hard work and diligence in achieving the current points total which sees the club joint top of the league with 14 games of the season to go.”