Dundee boss: This is my most testing time as a manager

first_imgPaul Hartley says he is ready to emerge from the worst run of results of his fledgling managerial career when Dundee host Partick Thistle.The Dark Blues are bottom of the table and face their fellow strugglers at home on Wednesday, with both sides last tasting victory on the opening day of the league season.After rising through the ranks with Alloa and Dundee, Hartley is trying to find solutions to his team’s current issues.He said: “It is probably the worst run I have ever been on in terms of it is testing, but it is a challenge for me to come out the other side. “We are not stupid. We have to find a way of winning football matches soon and try to get a little bit of confidence back. “We are in a position we don’t want to be in after ten games.”The Dens boss added on Tuesday: “It is a big game, we understand that. I don’t think it would matter who it is against, it would still be a big game just because of the run we are on.“I can handle the pressure. I will try to keep the players as calm as we can and hopefully the fans will be patient tomorrow night. “They pay their money so they have the right to be disappointed but hopefully they will back us and hopefully we will see a little change.” “I have just looked within, on how can I improve and how can I get the results and the confidence back. “I think you have to look at yourself and really challenge yourself, but I am ready for the challenge. “I won’t change in terms of how I prepare and how I manage the players because if you start doing that, it shows a little sign of weakness and players are not used to that.”Of Dundee’s lack of form, Hartley said: “I think you are always concerned when you are at the bottom and not winning games of football. last_img

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