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Hartley takes over at Dundee

Scottish Championship club Dundee have confirmed the appointment of Paul Hartley as their new manager.

The 37-year-old former Celtic and Hearts midfielder replaces John Brown at Dens Park after he left Dundee by mutual consent on Monday night.

Dundee are currently sitting second in the league behind Falkirk on goal difference and are well placed for promotion to the top flight.

Hartley, who led Alloa to successive promotions in his short spell at the club, surprisingly resigned as manager in January after a 5-1 Championship defeat to Dumbarton.

"Dundee FC are delighted to announce that Paul Hartley has today become the new manager of the club," a statement from Dundee read.

"Paul has been appointed manager of Dundee FC and he comes to the club with a successful past in both playing and managing in this country.

"As a player, Paul won all the top prizes in the Scottish game as well as representing his country on 25 occasions.

"In management, he already has two promotions to his name after only two and a half years in the hot-seat."

Dundee's director of football operations John Nelms said: "I'm delighted that we have managed to attract one of Scotland's brightest up and coming managers to Dens Park and his dynamism and forward thinking fits perfectly into our plans for the club."