PAUL Ince has been confirmed as Blackpool’s new manager.
As first revealed in The Gazette last week, the 45-year-old former England captain is Karl Oyston’s choice to succeed Michael Appleton.
Ince watched Pool’s 1-0 defeat at Ipswich from the directors’ box on Saturday and is believed to have spoken to the players after the game.
Ince spent the past week in talks at Bloomfield Road after being approached by Oyston on Tuesday.
He has signed a one-year rolling contract and will take charge of Pool’s game against Leeds United on Wednesday night.
While the former Blackburn and MK Dons boss’ terms were not an issue, getting his desired backroom staff out of their current jobs was.
Ince will bring two men with him to Pool, one reported to be former Sunderland and Rangers midfielder Alex Rae.
The Scotsman worked under Ince at MK Dons and is currently one of the club’s scouts.
It’s believed he and a vastly experienced first-team coach will be unveiled alongside Ince.
An announcement confirming his backroom staff is expected in the next 48 hours.
It’s been 38 days after the exit of pervious boss Appleton.
Pool chairman Oyston has been keen to keep Thompson on as part of the new management team at Bloomfield Road.
The long-serving 48-year-old has held talks with Ince and would be staying on.
Thompson added: “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 a no.1.”