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Kenny Brannigan surprised to be Queen of the South boss

Kenny Brannigan and Gordon Chisholm
Brannigan had been assistant to Chisholm at Palmerston since 2007

Kenny Brannigan has expressed his shock at being chosen to succeed Dundee-bound Gordon Chisholm as manager of Queen of the South.

Brannigan, who was named as manager until the summer, had been assistant to Chisholm, but it was coach Billy Dodds who accompanied the boss to Dens Park.

"I must admit it came as a bit of a surprise," the 45-year-old Brannigan told Queens' website.

"But it's a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it."

Dundee had sacked Jocky Scott despite the veteran's side leading Division One and remaining strong favourites for the title and promotion.

But Saturday's 3-0 defeat away to bottom side Airdrie United meant that the Tayside outfit had not won in four games, during which their lead has been reduced to three points.

The parting was an amicable one. Kenny Brannigan will now take over the managerial role at Palmerston until the end of the season

Queen of the South chairman David Rae

Queens have themselves suffered three straight defeats and Brannigan will look to end that run and revive his side's own promotion hopes on Tuesday - at Dens Park against Chisholm's new charges.

"It came as a shock, but the players will be well up for it," Brannigan said of the upheaval at Palmerston and the quick meeting with his club's former manager.

"With Dundee the opposition, the players will be self-motivated and well up for it, so I'm looking for a positive response as it's a big occasion for us all.

"We need to get back on track again after those three defeats and it would be great to get a result at Dens Park."

Brannigan - a central defender who played for 14 senior clubs, including Falkirk, Kilmarnock and Sheffield Wednesday - had previous managerial experience with Clydebank and Queen's Park before becoming Chisholm's assistant in 2007.

Dundee, 10 points above Queens but having played two more games, had turned to Chisholm after having initially held talks with Partick Thistle's Ian McCall.

Queens chairman David Rae showed no bitterness at the departure of his manager, who had been touted for several jobs with Scottish Premier League clubs in recent months.


"Following a phone call from Dundee chairman Bob Brannan this morning, I gave him permission to speak to our manager, Gordon Chisholm, regarding the managerial vacancy at Dens Park," Rae said on Sunday.

"Since then, Gordon has accepted the job and is now the new manager at Dens Park.

"He will take over with immediate effect, but the parting was an amicable one.

"Kenny Brannigan will now take over the managerial role at Palmerston until the end of the season."

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see also
Dundee appoint Chisholm as boss
22 Mar 10 |  Dundee
McCall to hold talks with Dundee
21 Mar 10 |  Partick
Dundee sack boss Scott after loss
20 Mar 10 |  Dundee

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