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LOUD & CLEAR; MOTHERWELL v DUNDEE TODAY, 3PM, FIR PARK Vincent: New boss Neil has now given us clarity after a series of one-to-one chats with Dens Park players.

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JAMES VINCENT insists he has been bowled over by new boss Neil McCann - and believes he's tailor-made to save Dundee's season.

McCann is preparing to lead the Dark Blues into battle for the first time in today's crunch trip to face Motherwell at Fir Park, having replaced Paul Hartley on an interim basis last week.

The former Scotland winger has spent the last five years working for Sky Sports as a pundit.

But he has wasted no time in getting down to the nitty gritty of trying to steer the toiling Taysiders away from the second-bottom spot in their five post-split fixtures.

McCann knows he has taken on a big gamble but midfielder Vincent, who was signed by Hartley from Inverness last summer, insists the 42-year-old couldn't have made a bigger impression in the short time he has been there.

Vincent said: "On day one he came in and set high standards in training. From the get-go it was competitive with everyone working.

"There has been good clarity in the way he has spoken to the boys.

"He has spoken to each of us individually to let us know what he thinks about us and about our game, what we can add and what we can bring to the shape he wants.

"The clarity has impressed me. He's a figure in the game and has watched multiple teams over the course of a season so he knows all about us.

"He has a good understanding of your game and if the lads can take on board what he is saying then things will go well."

The Dens men are sitting in the dreaded play-off spot in the Premiership but English ace Vincent maintains McCann's methods have already helped lift spirits in the wake of a disastrous run of seven straight defeats. He said: "The mind-set is good and if we can keep that right then hopefully that will help us.

"We understand that we have to put recent results right after the run we have been on."

Dundee enjoyed a memorable 5-1 win at Fir Park when Mark McGhee was still in charge of the Steelmen in February. And Vincent claims that gives them hope for this afternoon's clash.

He said: "It gives us confidence to look back to that game.

"But with the new manager coming in, it's like hitting a re-start button.

"It's probably the same for Well. Everyone will be approaching this as a mini league.

"But there are positives to take from that last game at Fir Park and everyone will go there with a bit of a spring in our step."

Meanwhile, McCann admits he faces a welcome dilemma in picking his starting XI as every player fights for a jersey.

He said: "Picking the team is going to be hard because we have been working on a game-plan and I've had everyone involved.

"The whole lot of them have been brilliant so it's a tough call."

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Date:Apr 29, 2017
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