When Paul Ince guided Blackpool to the top of the Championship following their opening six games, everything seemed to have fallen perfectly into place for the Seasiders.
Yet despite all of the early promise, at the end of November, Ince led Blackpool on a disastrous run of losing nine out of their next ten games.
The disaster included five Blackpool players being sent-off within four days, after three were sent-off in a 1-0 defeat to Yeovil, whilst two more managed to get sent-off during the 5-1 hammering to Derby.
Eventually, Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston sacked Ince via text-message, after Ince decided to complete the final phase of his UEFA Pro License, rather than targeting potential January transfers.
Oyston told the Guardian: “It’s pretty clear to anyone involved at the club that things aren’t good. We are on a horrendous run and we need players. The message is we can’t carry on like this, otherwise we’ll end up back in League One."
Ince responded by releasing the following statement to the League Managers Association: "It was deeply disappointing to have been notified that my contract was to be terminated via text message after a lengthy meeting with the club chairman on Sunday."
Nevertheless, Ince dealt the final blow, by helping to negotiate the deal which saw his son Thomas leave Blackpool until the end of the season on-loan to Crystal Palace. Ince Sr. said: "I feel like Steve Parish is my wife, the amount of time I've spent with him today but we got there in the end."
Unfortunately for Blackpool, Ince Jr. has proven to be a huge miss, as he remains their top scorer with seven goals. Veteran striker Ricardo Fuller trails behind him in second with four. Worryingly, Blackpool have only managed to score four goals in their last ten games.
Also, the Seasiders have won just one of their last twenty league games, which coincidentally leaves them bottom of the form-table after the last thirty games. Blackpool have snatched eight points from a possible sixty, whilst current bottom-of-the-league side Charlton Athletic have grabbed twenty points out of the last sixty, as they attempt to claw their way to safety.
Blackpool currently lie nineteenth in the Championship, just six points away from the relegation zone. Furthermore, Doncaster, Yeovil, Barnsley and Millwall all won this past weekend, further intensifying the pressure upon Blackpool to find some divine inspiration to guide them away from League One.
However, Blackpool players seem to have iron-weights strapped to their ankles, as the opposition continue to run around them and smash goals past the helpless Matt Gilks. According to Flash Scores statistics for their last twenty matches, Blackpool score one goal for every three they concede.
Next, Blackpool will host Millwall in a relegation six-pointer. Ironically, Millwall-boss Ian Holloway is the only man to have guided the Seasiders into the Premier League, but now he could be one of the men sending them crashing down into League One.
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