Another coach coming in, but Thommo has a role

Alex Rae, Paul Ince and Steve Thompson

Alex Rae, Paul Ince and Steve Thompson

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PAUL Ince is hoping to add to his coaching staff ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Bristol City.

The new Blackpool boss brought Alex Rae to Bloomfield Road last week as assistant manager and is looking for one more appointment.

Although Ince’s target remains unnamed, he is understood to be a vastly experienced former player and manager.

Ince confirmed: “We are still working on another coach coming in. Hopefully in the next 48 hours we’ll have some news on that.

“The person we looking at is a very, very good coach.

“I like to do a bit of coaching myself, but mainly on a Thursday and Friday – that’s when I come into my own.

“At the moment I don’t think the players have been coached much.

“Sometimes, when you manage, you see players making mistakes and you ask them why. They tell you they haven’t been told what to do.

“It’s important to get someone to this club who has high standards. It’s important that we change the culture of this club.

“Everything we do must be done to the highest of standards. The people we bring in have to have big standards.”

The new additions will work alongside Steve Thompson, who remains as assistant manager.

After two stints as player-manager this season, Thompson (below) holds vital knowledge about the players and the club, and Ince insists he still has a part to play.

“If there wasn’t a place for Thommo, then he wouldn’t be here now,” he said.

“If I didn’t want him he wouldn’t be sat next to me on the bench on a Saturday.

“He’s been at this club much longer than myself and Alex Rae.

“He has a good insight on what’s gone on in the past. I’m always in Thommo’s ear. He’s part of my team.

“I’ve never said to the chairman that I want to get rid of Thommo. He’s very valuable to my team.

“If we can get my team in place, then I’ll be a happy man, and Thommo is part of that.”