Former Dundee star Greg Stewart thinks his old club “will be fine” this season, despite a difficult start to the season that sees the Dens Park side still awaiting their first win.
Stewart has watched from afar as his former side returned to the Premiership this season and loves the fact that the Dundee board didn’t react to fan pressure and sack McPake when things weren’t going his way previously.
The Dark Blues haven’t had it easy this season but Stewart is confident the likes of Charlie Adam and Paul McMullan can help retain their Premiership status and push Dundee up the Premiership sooner rather than later.
“They’ve had a difficult start to the season but it’s still early days,” Stewart told The Courier.
“They’ll have Charlie Adam to come back and they have real creative players like Paul McMullan.
“I’m sure when they have a full squad, things will get better. It’s difficult coming up and having to chop and change every week.
“It’s been difficult for James but he’s been given time and I love that. The club stuck by him last season when they had a bad patch and look where it got them.
“I’m sure they will be fine.”
Stewart joined Indian side Jamshedspur after leaving Rangers at the end of last season and the Stirling-born striker got the chance to know new manager Owen Coyle a bit better after travelling with him from London last week.
Coyle isn’t the only familiar face for Stewart, with former Motherwell defender Peter Hartley also at the club, and the ex-Dundee, Rangers, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Cowdenbeath forward is really excited about his new adventure.
“I travelled over with the manager and three others from London last week so it was good to met them all and talk to the manager.
“I hadn’t really met Owen Coyle before but obviously I knew of him and the success he’d had in management in England and Scotland.
“I spoke to the manager and he explained everything and I’m really excited about the club.
“I didn’t know much about Indian football. I’m one who just loves football and will watch anything and everything so I’ve been doing my homework.
“I know a few players who have come out here to play so I’ve been speaking to some people to find out a bit.
“Jamshedpur just missed out on the play-offs last season and that’s the aim this time.
“The club have never managed that so I’d love to help them get there.”
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