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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Kernaghan is new Dundee manager
Alan Kernaghan at Dens Park
Kernaghan takes over from the sacked Jim Duffy
Alan Kernaghan has been chosen to replace Jim Duffy as Dundee boss and brought in Billy Kirkwood as assistant.

Former Republic of Ireland defender Kernaghan has signed a two-year deal at Dens Park after the 38-year-old left his position as Falkirk youth coach.

Kernaghan was Clyde boss and was briefly assistant coach at Livingston.

"I know there is work to be done," he said. "But there is no question that the players are good enough to get the club back to the SPL."

Kernaghan led Clyde to second place in Division One but left last summer for an ill-fated short spell as assistant to Allan Preston at Livingston.

Preston rejected the chance to reverse the roles at Dens Park.

So Kernaghan's first act as boss after meeting the media was to appoint former Dundee midfielder Billy Kirkwood, who managed neightbours United and St Johnstone, as his assistant.
He has loads of contacts down south and that will be important as time goes on
Dundee chairman Peter Marr

"I don't know too many of the players yet. But, obviously, I know the experienced guys like Barry Smith and Bobby Mann and they are going to be key players if we are going to succeed," said Kernaghan.

"Everyone, however, will have an important part to play and I will expect all my players to be up for the challenge.

"If my team is committed, motivated and successful we can work to bring the fans back to Dens in greater numbers.

"Dundee is a big club, it meets all the SPL criteria and if we do our jobs properly, I am sure the supporters will turn out."

Kernaghan beat off the challenge of former Raith Rovers boss Antonio Calderon, currently coaching at Cadiz, for the vacancy created by Duffy's dismissal.

Stranraer manager Neil Watt had discussions with Dundee last weekend but ruled out a move to his present club's First Division rivals because of his business interests in the west of Scotland.

Dundee chief executive Peter Marr explained the club's choice.

"Alan knows what this league is all about and the players will have to give him respect," he said.

"If someone like me walked into a dressing room, players can legitimately ask who I've played for and ignore me.

"But Alan has played in a World Cup and for the likes of Manchester City and Middlesbrough in England.

"Another reason we wanted him is because he has loads of contacts down south and that will be important as time goes on."




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