Sky Sports have reported that Blackpool manager Paul Ince has offered his resignation to the Championship club - but it has been rejected.
It is unclear as to why Ince would offer to resign at this stage, with the former Manchester United midfielder having successfully steered Blackpool away from relegation last term.
It is interesting to note that as well as his son Tom Ince, who is expected to leave for the Premier League this summer, Blackpool have already lost some other key members of their first-team squad.
Ludovic Sylvestre, who signed on at Blackpool ahead of their inaugural Premier League campaign, has left for Turkey, having signed a deal with Caykur Rizespor, while Neal Eardley has moved to Birmingham City and Elliot Grandin was released on a free transfer.
It is unclear as to whether Ince felt he needed greater financial backing in tempting these players to stay with Blackpool in order for him to perform successfully next season.
Another possible theory as to why Ince may have offered his resignation is that he may not have been promised all of the £8m that Cardiff are reportedly poised to pay for his son, Tom.
This would not be the first time an incident of this nature has occurred at Blackpool, with Ian Holloway rumoured to have fallen out with club chairman Karl Oyston on a number of occasions over transfer budgets and finances recouped from sales, with their differences almost resulting in Holloway walking away from the club shortly before the beginning of their 2010/11 campaign.
Alternatively, Ince may have another job lined up which requires him to leave his post as Blackpool manager - especially if the club are not in a position to pay a compensation fee. However, with Ince on a one-year rolling contract it is unlikely the compensation fee would be too vast.
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