Departing Dundee boss shares remarkable stat with Lisbon Lion

Dundee FC confirmed that Gary Bowyer would depart the club days after winning the Scottish Championship. The Englishman collected the trophy at Ochilview last Friday after beating Queen’s Park in an enthralling encounter.

Speculation continued that the former Blackpool boss would depart Dens Park despite leading them to the top flight and it was confirmed in a statement this afternoon, less than an hour after he was confirmed as Manager of the Season in the second tier.

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Bowyer shares a remarkable fact with a Celtic legend. Bowyer is the first trophy-winning manager to begin and end a season at Dens Park since Tommy Gemmell in 1979.

The Lisbon Lion was in charge from June 1977 until April 1980. Gemmell is one of only three British players to have scored in two separate European Finals along with Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) and Phil Neal (Liverpool).

Meanwhile, for Dundee, they will have to prepare for the new campaign in the Cinch Premiership with a new manager expected to be appointed by former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan. Ange Postecoglou will now see his side face Dundee next season as they are promoted to the top division. The Scottish Champions, meanwhile, will be keen to secure a Treble with Dundee’s Championship colleagues Inverness CT the opponents in the Scottish Cup Final next month.

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