Frustrated Ince scraps trial plans

Paul Ince and Alex Rae watch on at Kendal last night
Paul Ince and Alex Rae watch on at Kendal last night
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Paul Ince admits it’s back to the drawing board, saying the time has come to scrap an experiment with triallists which he has hated.

Pool fielded seven in last night’s 3-1 defeat away to a Kendal Town side from the fourth tier of non-league.

It’s a situation the Seasiders have been forced into with only 12 fit senior professionals at Bloomfield Road.

Caleb Folan scored Pool’s only goal from the spot on a night when the Pool boss saw little that impressed him.

Ince told The Gazette: “It’s back to the drawing board for me now.

“We have to forget this triallist thing now. It’s not the way forward. You hope to get a golden nugget but how often does that happen?

“I hate the fact we have to go down this road.

“I’m probably the only manager in the Championship sitting watching a team of triallists. That’s not the way it should be.

“Because we haven’t got the recruitment system and we haven’t got the scouts we should have, we are having to take guesses. That doesn’t help us move forward.

“But since we’ve got these lads in, we had to give them a game and that’s what we’ve done.”

Former Wigan and Birmingham striker Olivier Kapo was among those in action against a largely inexperienced Kendal side and Ince feels the players on show could have done more.

He said: “At the end of the day, if you want to come and play for Blackpool in the Championship and you can’t make an impression against Kendal, then that says it all for me.

“I don’t think many of them made an impression. They should be doing a lot better against Kendal, they really should.

“At the end of the day, we are left scratching our heads again.

“As a Championship manager, I shouldn’t be standing here talking about triallists.

“You can maybe have one or two but this situation is not good.”

One player who did catch the eye was former Bolton winger Tope Obadeyi, who is available after a stint in Portugal last season.

Ince added: “You can see he has ability. If you were going to talk about the trial players, then he was one who did okay, as did big Caleb (Folan, the former Wigan and Hull striker).”