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Ince sacked by Blackpool after disastrous run

ESPN staff
January 21, 2014
Blackpool endured nine defeats in the last 10 games of Paul Ince's tenure © PA Photos

Blackpool have sacked manager Paul Ince after less than a year in charge.

Ince was dismissed along with his assistants Steve Thompson and Alex Rae after a run of nine defeats in 10 games.

Blackpool, who were top of the Championship in September, have slipped to 14th, only eight points above the relegation zone. Midfielder Barry Ferguson has been put in caretaker charge. The 35-year-old is a former Rangers and Scotland captain.

Ince, 46, was appointed Blackpool manager in February 2013, a month after Michael Appleton left to join Blackburn, but only won 12 of his 42 games in charge of the Seasiders.

He was handed a five-match stadium ban by the FA in October after he was found guilty of using violent conduct towards a match official. Blackpool were also criticised for their disciplinary record when they had five players sent off in the space of two games at the start of December.

Ince did not deny claims last week that he drove his son Thomas, Blackpool's top scorer, to London for a meeting about a proposed transfer to Monaco in the summer.

Thomas Ince, whose deal at Bloomfield Road expires at the end of the season, is able to negotiate with foreign clubs and rejected an 8 million pound move to Cardiff last summer.

Paul Ince has had six spells in management, with two stints in charge of Milton Keynes Dons and one each at Macclesfield, Notts County, Blackburn and Blackpool.

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