Interim Dundee boss John Brown appointed full-time manager

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Interview - Dundee manager John Brown

Dundee have appointed interim boss John Brown as the club's new permanent manager.

Brown, 51, has signed a two-year deal and will aim to keep the side in the Scottish Premier League.

The Dens Park side are 10 points adrift of St Mirren at the foot of the table with 12 points left to play for.

"I had some great times here as a player and it's fantastic I now have the chance to manage what I believe is one of Scotland's top clubs," he said.

Brown, who was named interim boss in February, spent four years as a player at Dens Park in the mid-1980s and expressed delight at his appointment.

"The support have been magnificent to me and the staff at Dens, the board of directors and the CEO are all of the same mind as me in that we need to be playing at the top level of Scottish football," he said.

"We are all going to work together to ensure that our future is a bright one."

Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner said Brown had made a real impact at the club.

"I am delighted that John has been appointed on a full-time basis, as the hard word, dedication and professionalism he has displayed since arriving back at Dens has been an inspiration to everyone and has been rewarded in the results on the park," he added.

Dundee host Hearts on Saturday as they look to narrow the gap on relegation rivals St Mirren, who travel to Easter Road to face Hibs.