Ince hits back at flak

Paul Ince at Pride Park on Saturday
Paul Ince at Pride Park on Saturday
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Paul Ince has hit back at his critics in the national media, claiming some have waited a long time for an opportunity to give him some stick.

Plenty of flak has flown Ince’s way following the defeats at Yeovil and Derby in which Pool had five players sent off.

And although the Pool boss feels the reaction of the national press was over the top, he insists it isn’t something which concerns him.

The manager said: “I don’t understand why people are so quick to jump on me. Maybe they wanted to get me when I was a player.

“As a footballer people weren’t able to get at me because I had a good career.

“But it doesn’t bother me. It’s water off a duck’s back.

“When you’re a manager you need a thick skin. You can’t let things bother you.”

Ince insists there are no disciplinary problems at the club and directed his criticism at the match officials following the 5-1 defeat at Derby.

Many Football League referees have other jobs outside the game and Ince believes it is time for the Championship to follow the Premier League’s lead by making all its officials full-time.

Ince said: “There’s a lot at stake in the Championship – the chance of £120m and a place in the Premier League – yet we have part-time referees.

“When you think of the money that is in the Premier League and in football, it should be filtered down to have professional referees in the Championship.

“It’s probably one of the most popular leagues in the world. It’s certainly one of the most watched and definitely one of the most exciting.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have professional referees and it’s something we should be looking at.”

Ince, who resumes training with his squad today after their day off, said: “I’m not criticising referees. It’s hard for them when they have jobs and other commitments, but it’s not good enough when teams lose games on the back of their decisions