|New Dark Blues boss poses for the camera.|
Hartley takes charge of a Dundee side that sits second in the league, only trailing Falkirk on goal difference and a point ahead of Hamilton. He was in charge of Alloa Athletic for the past two and a half years until he resigned last month, citing that he had taken the part-timers as far as he could. In his reign at Alloa, he led them to back to back promotions and is regarded by many as one of the best young managers in Scotland.
Dundee unveiled the new manager at a press conference at Dens Park this evening. a Statement on the club website read:
"Paul joins us with immediate effect on a deal to run to the end of Season 2015/16.
Director of Football Operations John Nelms said “I’m delighted that we have managed to attract one of Scotland’s brightest up and coming Manager’s to Dens Park and his dynamism and forward thinking fits perfectly into our plans for the club”.
Chairman Bill Colvin also expressed his warmest welcome top Paul. “It is a great tribute to the work we are doing at Dens Park that one of the most sought after young Managers in Scotland has pledged his immediate future to us and we look forward to see him apply his talents to our squad”.
Chief Executive Officer Scot Gardiner was happy and relieved to get the deal sealed in time for Paul to take over advance of Saturday’s crunch game against Hamilton. Scot said “I have been working round the clock since I first met with Paul in Edinburgh on Monday night. With John Nelms being in Texas most of our e-mails and phone calls were flying back and forth at 3am in the morning but knowing Paul as I do, I had the feeling all along that we would have the right man to take us into the run in to the end of the season”.
We'd like to wish Paul a very warm welcome to the club and would like to wish him all the best and lets hope is successful in the quest for promotion.
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