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Dundee appoints new groundsman to save the day

ByGuy Oldenkotte

Mar 29, 2024

Dundee FC has appointed Paul Murray to end its continuous problems with its pitch. So far, the club saw four matches being postponed due to the poor condition of their pitch. Currently, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) is investigating the recently call-off of the game against the Rangers. Murray’s appointment leaves Dundee FC now with only two headaches.

Murray comes over from Dundee United, across the street. While Dundee United has already advertised a vacancy, the move hasn’t been taken lightly.

The other issue is that he will only start at the end of the current season. For the time-being, a local contractor will have to help Dundee FC to cover the period.

Troublesome period

The stadium field of Dundee FC has been plagued by issues throughout the season.

Things came to a low when the club sacked father-and-soon grounds team Brian and Brian Robertson in February this year following their suspension at the turn of the year. This was the result of postponements of home matches against Aberdeen and St. Johnstone due to a waterlogged pitch.

Earlier this month, Dundee FC called off at the very last minute the game against Rangers. As this was the only game to be broadcasted live by Sky Sports that day, the SPFL has launched an investigation following allegations of breaching rules on pitch maintenance.

Dundee still have at least four Premiership home matches remaining this season.

At present, the field is being taken care for by turf specialists Allgrass. They have the assistance of the Burnley grounds team.

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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