Dundee manager: Former Hibs bosses in direct competition for Dens Park vacancy

Former Hibs managers Jack Ross and Shaun Maloney are in direct competition for the vacant Dundee job.

By Peter Wales
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 5:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 5:38 pm

They are believed to be the two remaining candidates to replace Mark McGhee after Dens Park chiefs whittled down their shortlist, with either one of the ex-Easter Road duo now ‘likely’ to be appointed, according to reports.

McGhee took over from James McPake in February but was axed following the club's relegation to the Championship after winning just one of his 14 matches in charge.

Dundee technical director Gordon Strachan and managing director John Nelms are leading the search for his replacement and will hold final talks with Maloney and Ross before deciding who to appoint.

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Shaun Maloney is one of two former Hibs bosses in the running to be appointed Dundee manager. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Ross has been out of work since being sacked by Hibs in December on the eve of the Premier Sports Cup final following a run of one league win in nine matches.

Maloney took over at Hibs but was dispensed with just four months into his reign after his failure to secure a top six spot left the Easter Road directors unconvinced that they had made the right appointment.

He remains a highly-respected coach following his spell as assistant manager to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side and he also has close links with Strachan who he played under at Celtic and Scotland.

Maloney branded Ross "disrespectful" shortly after taking over at Hibs over an interview his predecessor conducted where he revealed he had advised Martin Boyle about an impending move to Saudi Arabia after his Easter Road departure. Ross said he was “surprised but not perturbed” by Maloney’s comments.