PAUL Ince has sent a message to Blackpool’s fans – we need you more than ever.
The new Blackpool boss takes charge of his first game at Bloomfield Road today, when high-flying Leicester are the visitors.
Pool have been on a poor run of late and are desperate for a win to drag them away from the Championship’s relegation zone.
And Ince has called for the club’s supporters to back him.
“When Blackpool fans are at their best, there’s none better,” said Ince.
“We need them more at the moment than they realise. I am looking forward to coming out in front of them today.
“I need the fans to be the 12th man for us.
“We need the fans to help get us up and running.
“The fans are as much part of this as the players and the staff, they are as important.
“We are all a unit here.”
Ince started his Blackpool career with a 2-0 defeat at Leeds on Wednesday, but after only two days in charge it could hardly be described as his side.
He’s expected to make changes today, but his message is still the same.
Ince said: “People keep asking me about the play-offs, but I hope the fans understand the first target has to be getting to 50 points.
“It’s too early to judge if we could go on a run and make the play-offs.
“We haven’t had back-to-back wins since August, so we need to have a bit of a reality check.
“The fans are great here.
“I hope they understand where we are at the moment.”
While the new boss hasn’t been able to change much so far, he’s made slight adjustments to their preparation.
One see’s the squad going back to Bloomfield Road in the afternoon for lunch, something he thinks is vital.
He said: “On Thursday and Friday I brought the lads back to the ground and ate in the restaurant.
“Normally the lads eat at the training ground, some stayed, some went, they never sat down as a team.
“But for the last two days we’ve had them all together for lunch.
“It means they are all sat together, and talking about football.
“When I was at Inter Milan lunch used to last for two hours, everyone would sit as a team and talk football.
“It’s what makes a team.
“We need the unity, the togetherness.
“I’m not saying we didn’t have it, but you need that, it’s so important.
“So I’ve worked on little things like that.
“Next week we’ll be on the training ground, getting back to basics.”