James McPake believes he is the man to turn Dundee’s fortunes this season as the Dee come under pressure.
The Dens Park club lost again at the weekend, losing 2-0 to Ayr United at Somerset Park. It’s resulted in an angry reaction from fans as Dundee slipped to seventh in the Championship.
McPake’s men have won one of their five Championship matches this term. He knows it’s not good enough but is adamant he’s the man to dig Dundee out of a hole.
“I’m confident in my work and I’m confident I can get this group going,” said McPake. “But confidence doesn’t win you games of football. We need to get a team on the pitch that can win games, that’s brave enough to play for this football club with the pressures and demands.
“We are not performing at a football club when there are no fans. I’ve played when the fans are there and they are demanding, rightly so, because it’s a big club but we are not producing.
“In reality it should be a bit easier with no fans, we should be playing with less pressure but at the minute we are not. We need to get a team on the pitch that is brave and confident enough to get results for this club. Am I confident I can do it? 100%.
“I believe in my work and my staff and we will keep working away until we get it right at this club. The results and performances at this football club aren’t acceptable – we know that.
“We are working ever so hard to get it right but that means nothing when you can’t defend. We should be much better than we are. We get back on the training ground on Monday. As a group we all need to take a long, hard look at ourselves, staff, players, everybody.
“What I will say is we are well backed, even through difficult times we are well backed and, in my opinion, we have a good group of players. The results and performances at this football club aren’t acceptable – we know that.”