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Paul Ince to manage son Tom at Blackpool

Former England international Paul Ince looks set to return to management by taking over at Blackpool in the Championship. If the appointment is confirmed, it will mean he will be coaching his son Tom, the England under-21 forward who is one of the hottest properties in English football.

Blackpool’s caretaker manager Steve Thompson let slip the identity of the man who will be taking over his job. "There's going to be an announcement. It's going to be Paul Ince," he said. "The deal is very close to being done."

Thompson anticipates being part of Ince’s coaching set-up, although he harbours ambitions to be the manager himself in the future. "I'll just have to see what happens. I think Paul wants me to work with his team. I'll keep my head down and work as hard as I can for him but, further down the line, I want to be number one."

Ince senior’s managerial career has not lived up to his success as a player. After stints with Macclesfield and MK Dons, in 2008 he was appointed manager of Blackburn, becoming the first black British manager to take charge of a Premier League club. That ended unhappily when he was sacked after winning just three games of 17. His most recent spell as a manager, at Notts County two years ago, was equally disastrous, including nine successive defeats.

Ince might argue that he was given insufficient time to grow into the job at Blackburn. Blackpool is a less pressurised environment, although the club presently lies in 14th position in the Championship. He watched Blackpool lose their most recent game at Ipswich.

Their most valuable asset remains Ince junior, who has excelled for England under-21s and was expected to join his father’s former club Liverpool in the January transfer window. That deal may be resurrected in the summer, although it’s likely that Liverpool will have to raise their offer.

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