1. What's the hardest part of the job?
There are some things that are hard about the job. For me the worst thing is when the team lose. I tend to take things a bit personally when we lose, even though I have had no part on the field of play. Out of everything, I find that the hardest but am working on not taking it so personally. I also find criticism against the running of the Club hard, particularly from those who seem to have a knee jerk reaction when things are not going well, knowing little of whats really going on. Sometimes it can also be quite hard trying to think of how best to word a difficult letter that needs to be sent.
2. What's the biggest problem you've encountered
I've encountered several problems in the 5 years I've been involved. I've found the important things are to try and keep a cool head, to think about things and not jump in with a quick decision but most importantly err on caution and don't be afraid to pick up a phone or email and ask for guidance. I particularly recall the time when Nicky Smith was sent off on a Saturday in one of his early first team matches. Nicky was gutted because we were due to play
On a lighter note, I also had a big problem one Sunday morning when I was painting the railings at the end of the stand of Gayfield one summer. I somehow tipped a whole pot of maroon gloss paint all over myself and my clothes were dripping everywhere. With the car parked beside Pleasureland it was going to be a problem getting out and home and I didn't want to ruin the seats or carpet with gloss paint. I eventually stripped where I was and managed to get into the main stand and after a lot of searching found an old set of training t shirt and shorts to change into.
3. What the most enjoyable part of the job?
For me its winning as I feel a great sense of pride about being involved when we win. It also feels really good if a player you have had to make some effort during the week to get their signing paperwork sorted does well and helps get a result. I recall that happening with the Duncan McLean loan deal some time ago. When I phoned the SFA and SFL to check that they were satisfied with the papers, it transpired that there was a problem and a signature was missing. I then had to stay quite a bit later in Dundee redoing the forms after work and do a bit of running around, telephoning and faxing late on a Friday afternoon just before the transfer window closed in January. We played Morton at Gayfield the next day and
4. What's the best surprise you've had in the job?
That would have to be when I was asked to appear on Soccer AM when we did the shirt sponsorship raffle that Adviva and Falconer Family Butchers won. There was a postal strike on at the time and I wanted to make sure that the draw tickets would get there and decided that the safest way would be if I took them down to London on the train myself. They phoned me as the train passed