Former England captain Paul Ince has been confirmed as Blackpool's permanent manager on a rolling one-year contract.

Ince, 45, will become the Seasiders' third permanent manager this season following the departures of Ian Holloway and Michael Appleton. Ince has been without work since leaving Notts County nearly two years ago, but has been regularly attending Blackpool's fixtures as his son, Tom, plays for them. His knowledge of the club and links with Tom - who is their top scorer this season with 17 goals - are believed to have been contributing factors to his appointment.

He has had success at the beginning of his career, leading Macclesfield to safety in 2007; they had been bottom of the league when he took over. This led to a move to Milton Keynes Dons, whom he guided to promotion from League Two before making a switch to then-Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, where he lasted only 17 games in an underwhelming spell, winning just three.

Following this he made a brief return to MK Dons before moving on to Notts County in October 2010 -  however, he was sacked just over 5 months later. 

He takes charge of a Blackpool side with Premier League ambitions. Nevertheless, his primary focus is to ensure that his side are not submerged into a relegation battle: Blackpool are currently ten points off the play-off places, but a mere six points above the relegation zone.

 

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