Ben Burgess column: Pool have their man

Gazette columnist and former Blackpool striker Ben Burgess.
Gazette columnist and former Blackpool striker Ben Burgess.
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Finally the painfully long search for a manager has come to an end for Blackpool.

Having been linked to an endless list of managers Mr Oyston has confirmed that Paul Ince is the man for the job. Hopefully the uncertainty surrounding the club recently can be put to one side and Blackpool can try and rescue something from this disappointing season.

I think the appointment of Ince will surprise a few because his name was mentioned initially, but then nothing came of it, then weeks later he suddenly has the job.

When a new manager comes in there is usually a reaction on the pitch and performances and results tend to improve immediately, so everyone will have their fingers crossed for the Leeds game tonight

It was a shame that Thommo finished his temporary reign off with a defeat at Ipswich. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he has handled the situation since Michael Appleton left.

Thommo stated after the game at Portman Road that he does want to become a manager at some point, but he is more than willing to work under Ince.

I just hope Blackpool keep him on and that he does eventually get the chance to manage a club somewhere and preferably at Bloomfield Road in the future.

Now a new manager will bring a completely new way of training. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve had quite a few managers, therefore I’ve seen plenty of different training methods. Peter Taylor at Hull City would always put on good sessions and you could tell how much he loved football by his enthusiasm.

Sometimes he would join in training, one time his team got beat quite heavily and he was so angry that he made both teams run for ages afterwards, which seemed a little unfair on the victorious team.

In my Blackburn youth team days, myself and another YTS player Stuart Howson went to train with the first team. The pitch was wet, so when Stuart closed down boss Graeme Souness he slipped and it appeared like he was lunging at him. Souness promptly jumped to avoid the challenge and came down with his studs slicing Stuart’s shin. He has the scar to this day. The manager who worked me the hardest by far was Ian Dowie in my brief time at Oldham. There would often be three sessions a day including swimming, running and gym work. You couldn’t complain because Dowie was at the front doing everything we did. My first day with him was in the boxing gym. I was told to kneel down, while he and another player would punch me from the side (with gloves on) and I had to try and block all the blows! Ian Dowie and Martin Allen at Notts County were similar in their training methods in the way that they would like to see the players ‘smash’ each other in training. Martin Allen was quite funny in the way that he would try and wind up certain players during training by saying things like, ‘Are you going to let him walk over you all day?’ or ‘Look he’s getting bullied again’. Training in those situations tended to descend into chaos and quality goes out the window.

I always tended to respond better to a more laid back technical approach to training (that’s probably because my knee would fall off if I received a bad tackle), where the emphasis would be about touches of the ball and the quality rather than 100mph chaos. Mark Yates at Cheltenham adopted the technical approach to training, and I noted that his name was linked at one point to the Blackpool job. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t come to anything because he is a good young manager who will eventually manage much higher up the leagues, and could also do it on a tight budget.

The worst kind of training for any player is the slow drawn out sessions where you’re stood on the training ground listening to the manager waffle on and on. I’ve had a couple of those types of managers. They always felt the need to stop training to explain something else and as a result training was so stop-start that there was no quality.

During my Brentford days early in my career I was lucky enough to work under Steve Coppell and Wally Downes who were completely different characters but both really knowledgeable about the game and both had different ways of getting the best out of you. I remember the day before one big game we were training as normal and Wally just stopped training and said we were all rubbish and the standard of training is a disgrace. He told us all to go home and have a long think about our performance.

We all just stood there baffled and thinking that training was just the same as normal. It did have the desired effect though as we thrashed Brighton 4-1 the next day.

Let’s hope the Blackpool players respond well to Paul Ince’s training methods and that they can pick up three points at Elland Road.