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Pressure stacks up on Ince

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Blackburn manager Paul Ince faces a difficult week as he tries to focus on football while speculation about his future continues to spiral out of control.

A sixth successive Barclays Premier League defeat, 3-0 at Wigan, at the weekend extended their win-less run to 11 matches and has only increased the pressure on Ince.

"After all the signs coming out of Brockhall (Blackburn's training ground) this week, I was led to believe we would get a top performance," said chairman John Williams. "Without taking anything away from Wigan I have to say I was very disappointed with what I saw."

Williams added in the Lancashire Telegraph: "The worry is the league table is beginning to stretch out and now we need two wins just to get back among the pack at the bottom."

Ince tried to remain positive after Saturday's humiliating display, which saw his confidence-shot team concede two goals inside the first 12 minutes.

However, even if he survives this week he knows his team have to beat Premier League newcomers Stoke on Saturday.

"We know it is a massive game for us. If we win that one it sets us up nicely for Sunderland (on Boxing Day)," said the Rovers boss.

"It can't get any worse. As far as we are concerned there is no pressure on us, everyone expects us to go down, lose every game.

"We will see what happens."

Successors for Ince's job are already being touted around with former Rovers boss Graeme Souness seemingly the new favourite. Alan Curbishley, Burnley boss Owen Coyle and Sam Allardyce have also being linked.

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