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Northern Ireland legend Nicholl links up with McPake at Dundee

 

New role: Jimmy Nicholl
New role: Jimmy Nicholl

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland legend Jimmy Nicholl has teamed up with James McPake at Dundee.

McPake, who earned one Northern Ireland cap in 2012, has been appointed manager with Nicholl coming in as his assistant.

Former Rangers defender Nicholl arrives from St Mirren, where he was part of Oran Kearney's backroom team.

He combined that role with his job as assistant to Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

Managing director John Nelms revealed he had held "multiple interviews" with six candidates before deciding McPake's passion and Nicholl's experience was the combination he wanted.

Nelms said: "We narrowed it down to a few candidates at the very end and then, literally over the last two days, we sent out letters to the candidates who didn't make the cut.

"They were fine candidates and I think they would have done a great job for Dundee.

"During that time we took a lot of advice from a lot of people. We did a lot of background checks because it was very important that we got the team right.

"If we were going to go with a young manager we had to make sure he had a support team around him that will allow him to be successful, and we think we've got that this time."

Nicholl (62) has also held the same role with Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Kilmarnock, Rangers and also at Hibernian, where he worked with McPake.

Former club captain McPake took over on a caretaker basis for the final game of the season after Jim McIntyre was sacked in the wake of their relegation.

The 34-year-old hopes to lead the Dens Park club straight back into the Ladbrokes Premiership after both him and Nicholl were given rolling contracts with the club.

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