It’s D-Day for Paul Ince as he travels to London for his FA hearing.
Blackpool’s manager is due at Wembley for a noon hearing today after pleading guilty to three disciplinary charges.
The incidents took place following the Seasiders’ 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on September 14. One of Ince’s charges relates to “behaviour towards a match official constituting violent conduct”.
He will be accompanied by assistant manager Alex Rae, who has been accused of threatening behaviour towards an official at the same fixture and has pleaded not guilty.
The pair, along with Pool club secretary Matt Williams and a representative from the League Manager’s Association, travel south this morning to put forward their case.
The Gazette understands that Ince, who has called in the support of a barrister, will plead mitigating circumstances, while Rae will deny the charge his faces rigorously.
If found guilty, Ince could be fined up to £25,000 and hit with a six-match stadium ban, preventing him attending his team’s fixtures.
Ince has already been warned over his future conduct by the FA this season, having been fined over his comments about the referee following the Capital One Cup defeat at Preston in August.
Since the manager was charged, Pool have won none of their five matches and Ince has refused to speak publicly. He again declined to address the press after Saturday’s draw at Charlton.
Any ban for Ince could prove costly, with big games against Wigan, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest coming up after the international break.