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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 20:35 GMT 21:35 UK
Winnie is Sons boss
David Winnie in his playing days with Hearts
David Winnie has experience of top-level play
Former Aberdeen, Hearts and St Mirren defender David Winnie has been appointed manager of Dumbarton.

The 35-year-old will be assisted by former Stranraer No.2 Jim Denny.

Winnie takes over as boss following the surprise resignation of Tom Carson at the end of a season in which they were promoted to the Scottish Second Division.

Winnie told BBC Sport Online: "It is a club that seems to be going in the right direction.


It will be a case of trying to consolidate our position in Division Two
David Winnie
"They have a good new stadium and everyone at the club is very positive and trying to be as progressive as they can be in the current economic climate.

"I have been told they have a good young side, but this coming season is going to be a lot more difficult for them.

"It will be a case of trying to consolidate our position in Division Two."

Denny was also a defender with Rangers and played in the same Hearts side as Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies.

"I have known Jim for a few years and he has many years experience in coaching," said Winnie.

"I have spoken to quite a few people and they speak very highly of him."

Winnie was given his own first taste of management with KR Reykjavik, being appointed assistant under former Anderlecht and Feyenoord player Petur Petursson.

The Scot had previously helped Reykjavik to the Icelandic title under present national boss Atli Edvaldsson.


He is a young manager with good ideas
Dumbarton spokesman
But, a season after winning the title, the side found themselves at the bottom of the table under Petursson before his resignation.

Winnie took over and led them to mid-table safety before himself leaving the cash-strapped club.

For the last six months, Winnie has been on the coaching staff at Livingston's youth academy.

A Dumbarton spokesman said: "He is a young manager with good ideas and feels that there is a lot of untapped talent around the area that is going to other clubs instead of ours.

"Jim has lots of experience but still has his enthusiasm and the new team should be good for Dumbarton Football Club."

Others who had been linked with the job were former Stranraer boss Sandy McAnespie, former Celtic and Scotland midfielder Paul McStay and former Aberdeen and St Mirren winger Peter Weir.

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