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Scott is Dens boss for third time

Jocky Scott returns to Dens Park
Scott feared he would never get back into Scottish football

Jocky Scott has become Dundee manager for a third time, with chairman Bob Brannan praising the 60-year-old's hunger for the job.

"I have seldom met anyone with greater desire to do a particular job than Jocky has to be the manager of Dundee FC," Brannan told BBC Sport.

"For him, the club is unfinished business and that is a feeling that is clearly shared by many of our fans."

Scott was sacked in 2000 with Dundee fifth in the Scottish Premier League.

It was their highest-ever finish in the SPL, but the then owners of the club were not happy with the style of play being adopted and imported the big-spending Ivano Bonetti.

"Despite the manner in which his last stint at the club ended, he has never stopped believing in Dundee FC and, in turn, the board believe in Jocky," said Brannan.

"That is why he is unquestionably the man for us."

Brannan said that Scott's reputation for being an outstanding coach, tactician and organiser, as well as having a "remarkable" network of contacts at the highest levels of football, made him the outstanding candidate, with up to 90% of supporters backing the appointment.

Between his two spells at Dens Park, Scott had periods in charge of Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic and Arbroath, plus a caretaker spell with Hibernian.

And, after leaving Dens in 2000, he managed Notts County and Raith Rovers, was caretaker at Plymouth Argyle, reserve team coach at Sunderland and assistant with Danish outfit Viborg.

But Scott feared he might never have another opportunity to be a manager.

"I've been trying for a least two years to get back into the game in Scotland," he said.

"Everybody seems to think it's a young man's game these days, to the detriment of experience. But I've still got faith in my ability.

"It has been a long time coming since the last time at Dundee, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

"It left a bitter taste because I thought I had done well the last time and established the club in the Premier League.

I hope that, before I leave here again, Dundee are in the Premier League

Dundee manager Jocky Scott

"Dundee Football Club should be in the Premier League and I hope that, before I leave here again, we are in the Premier League."

The First Division club have been searching for a new boss since sacking Alex Rae earlier this month after going 10 games without a win and dropping to ninth in the table.

Rae's assistant, David Farrell, took charge of the first-team for Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Morton but has now also left the club.

Scott is expected to form his backroom team within a week, with another former Dundee player, Ray Farningham, who had a spell as manager of Forfar Athletic, expected to be one of them.

Returning to Dens renews Scott's 40-year association with the club he graced as a midfielder.

He had been one of six men on Dundee's shortlist, with rival clubs refusing permission for them to talk to Queen of the South's Gordon Chisholm, Brechin City's Michael O'Neill and Airdrie United's Kenny Black.

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