BLACKPOOL are today hoping to name Paul Ince as their new manager.
The former Blackburn and MK Dons boss has been in talks with the Seasiders for the past two days after chairman Karl Oyston decided he is the man to replace Michael Appleton, who left for Blackburn five weeks ago.
45-year-old Ince has agreed to take charge of Pool, and although the issue of his backroom staff has delayed the appointment it is not expected to jeopardise the deal.
The Gazette understands the former England captain will bring two members of staff with him to Bloomfield Road, who will work alongside current caretaker boss Steve Thompson.
The squad travel to Ipswich today ahead of tomorrow’s Championship clash at Portman Road and Ince is not expected to accompany them.
If the deal can be completed in time, Ince would start work on Monday and take charge of the team for the first time at Leeds on Wednesday night.
Despite being out of work for close to two years, Ince has been working towards his UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge this month at the FA’s new training complex in Staffordshire.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder was joined there Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Speaking last week, Ince said the course would give him the perfect grounding for a return to football management.
“As a manager you always want to better yourself,” he said.
“You want to be prepared for whenever the next opportunity comes along. The course allows you to be prepared and to think outside of the box.”
Having won 53 England caps, Ince got his first break in management as player-boss at Macclesfield in 2006.
He explained: “When you’ve worked with the best, and the best is Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems a natural process to go into management.
“His man-management was absolutely second to none.
“Some clubs have different standards to others, but his standards were up there and you had to stick by them.
“The way he treats every player is the same, (whether) it’s a youth team or a (Eric) Cantona or (Bryan) Robson.
“When you look at the code of conduct at Manchester United, everything is spot on.
“The environment that he creates in that club just oozes professionalism and it oozes success, desire and a will to win things.”