Scottish Premier League

Gardiner has no regrets on Brown

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Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:02:00

Gregory van der Wiel says avenging PSG's Coupe de France quarter-final defeat against Evian will be on their minds.

PSG will be on the brink of winning their first Ligue 1 trophy since 1994 if they beat Evian on Sunday as they are already nine points clear of nearest rivals Marseille with four games after this weekend's clash yet to play.

Carlo Ancelotti's side were beaten on penalties in the Coupe de France quarter-final to end their dreams of a league and cup double, and Van der Wiel has this in mind as PSG and Evian prepare to meet again.

"Sunday's game is very important," the right-back told psg.fr.

"We will of course do everything to win and get closer to the title.

"It is clear we want to make up for our bad match in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. It will be an extra motivation."

PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to miss the match at Parc des Sports as he missed training on Friday with a virus.

For Evian coach Pascal Dupraz, a win is vital as his side are only one point clear of the relegation zone.

"The important thing is that we play a good match," Dupraz told www.etgfc.com.

"We know it will be difficult but all Ligue 1 games are difficult. We have learned the hard way.

"If we had to rely on the places in the standings we would have no chance against PSG. We must prepare for the game like we did in the Coupe de France and trust the quality of our squad."

However, Dupraz played down the heroics of his side in reaching the final eight of the Coupe de France at PSG's expense.

He said: "This is not the same competition. We can not take away the fact that we prevented PSG from winning the double, but it will not prevent Paris from being the champions of France, regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game."

The former Rangers defender was yesterday named the Dens Park permanent replacement for sacked boss Barry Smith having taken over on an interim basis in late February.

Former club captain Smith had been under pressure since mid-January after the Tayside outfit won just three of his 27 Premier League games in charge.

Gardiner, however, gave him another five weeks in the forlorn hope he could turn it around.

The Dark Blues remain rooted to the foot of the table but have reduced a 15-point deficient to 10 since Brown's appointment.

That leaves them facing the reality that a win for St Mirren over Hibernian or their own failure to beat Hearts at home today and they will be relegated from the SPL.

But Gardiner insists he does not wish he could turn the clock back, saying: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing in football. We might have made the change sooner but not got the same reaction we have since John came in. What has happened has happened.

"Barry was well loved here and still is. That is probably what made us go longer than others would have had it. But now it is done and we will move forward."

Brown enjoyed a four-year stint with Dundee as a player before going on to sign for Rangers in 1988, where he became one of the Ibrox club's nine-in-a-row icons.

But the former Clyde manager's original appointment as interim boss did not go down well with some Dee supporters following his Broadwood sacking in 2009 and his notorious Ibrox doorstep rally last summer as he made two bids to buy out then Rangers chief executive Charles Green.

Gardiner was attacked for appointing his close friend but the doubters have been won over by a run that has seen Dundee lose just once in the SPL since Brown's arrival.

"It's not a case of vindication," said Gardiner. "I believe we were doing the right thing. We made a difficult decision. It would have been a difficult one no matter who we brought in because of who was leaving.

"I'm not going to crow about it because of where we are in the league. Even though results have been better recently, I'd still have preferred we were 10th or 11th."

Brown yesterday spoke of his delight at landing the job full-time but insists the Dark Blues' time in the SPL isn't up just yet.

Asked if he thought he would be working in the second tier after the summer, Brown said: "No I don't. We are still fighting to stay in the Premier League. If we can take it another week and make a few people very nervous then great.

"People had us down a number of weeks ago. The players have shown the right attitude and managed to get results.

"We need to win tomorrow and then look elsewhere and see what the result is. But we're not out of it."

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