AFTER Blackpool’s previous manager lasted only 65 days, new boy Paul Ince is setting his sights on a much longer stay at Bloomfield Road.
The 45-year-old was handed the hot seat at Pool after a drawn-out search to replace Michael Appleton.
Ince is a hugely experienced figure in the world of football, having captained his country and played for some of the game’s top clubs.
But now he’s hoping to write a new chapter to his story at Blackpool.
“It’s great to put my football boots on again,” said new boss Ince.
“I’ve had boots on for the last 20 years, so to get them back on and have a kit with Blackpool FC on my chest was great.
“It’s good to be back on the grass and meaning something to someone again.
“I’m really pleased to be at this club and hopefully we can pick up a nice result on Wednesday to top it off.
“This is a long term project for me.
“I want to build at this football club.
“People say things about the chairman, but speaking to him you find out he’s only sacked one manager in 15 years.
“It’s important my relationship with the chairman is right.
“There’s going to be good times, and there will be some bad times, it’s always up and down in football.
“If you have a strong chairman, like I think I have here, then you always have the chance to build.
“That’s one of the major reasons for me coming to this football club.”
The 45-year-old has been out of work since April 2011, when he ended an unsuccessful six-month stint as manager of Notts County.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder enjoyed happier spells in charge at Macclesfield and twice at MK Dons. He also managed Blackburn in the Premier League.
He was named Pool boss after chairman Karl Oyston interviewed a number of candidates in the past five weeks.
And Ince is delighted to finally get his chance.
“I’m over the moon,” he said.
“I think the wife is as excited as I am too, as I’m out of the house now.
“I’ve been a pain to her for the last two years.
“I was a little frustrated when I heard the chairman was talking to other managers, I was wondering if I’d get a chance.
“But after speaking to the chairman last week, and having a great chat with him, I couldn’t wait to get involved.
“It was great to get back on the training ground yesterday.
“Two years is a long time out of football.
“I couldn’t really understand why I was out that long because my record as manager is good.
“I’ve made some mistakes on the way, but you always will.
“I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning now.”
The appointment will see Ince link-up with his son Tom at Bloomfield Road.
The 21-year-old has been Pool’s star man this season, firing 17 goals so far.
But despite being faced with the rare situation of managing his son, Ince says it won’t matter one bit.
He said: “Thomas will be treated like anyone else
“Once he walks through those gates he’s just another player.
“When I get back to his apartment, as I’m his lodger now, then I’m his dad, that’s how it works.
“He understands how it’s going to be.
“He got a harder time than most of the other lads when I managed him at Notts County.
“When I took him there people thought I was only taking him there because he was my son.
“But I took him there as he’s a fantastic player, and he’s proving that here at Blackpool.
“This time is slightly different, he’s the main man here.
“I’m coming here, and I’ve had to ask him if it’s OK to come to Blackpool,” he joked.
“I find sometimes I have to be overly critical with him for people to understand there’s no favouritism with him.
“It won’t be the case now, he’s grown up.
“He knows what I’m like and he’ll be fine.”
One of the main attractions for Pool to Ince was his knowledge of the club and it’s players.
The new man has been at most of the side’s games this season, watching Tom in action.
And while Ince admits it will help, he feels he still has a lot to learn about his new squad.
“I’ve only been a spectator here so far.
“I’ve been home and away watching most games with my wife Claire.
“I’ve met a few of the players, but only to say hello.
“Obviously I know a lot about the lads and how they play.”