Paul Ince has sent a message out to money-grabbing stars – we don’t want you.
Blackpool have a lot of work to do in the transfer market ahead of the new season, with as many as 10 new faces expected through the doors at Bloomfield Road.
Manager Ince is yet to make his first signing of the summer but is in constant contact with potential targets and their agents.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston’s policy on transfers hasn’t changed and he will only sanction deals for players he feels will offer value for money. And boss Ince isn’t interested in players whose only interest is the money they will be paid.
He told The Gazette: “There are very good players out there, with lots of quality, who want to prove a point.
“Those are the types of players I want and am looking at.
“It’s OK going to a club and earning big money, but I think it’s more important to make your mark.
“It’s not all about money. Are you going to play all the time? Are you going to improve and be given the chance.
“At Blackpool you come here with a point to prove.”
The likes of Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and DJ Campbell all arrived at Blackpool with points to prove, and went on to earn big-money deals to the Premier League.
And this is the sort of player Ince wants to bring to the club, using his son as an example of how it can work.
The manager explained: “Thomas is your prime example of what I mean. He could have stayed at Liverpool for more money but it wasn’t about that.
“He chose to come to Blackpool to prove a point, show he can play and improve.
“You have to say it’s worked for him so far.”
Blackpool know they have an uphill battle to match the spending power of some of the league’s bigger clubs.
Despite enjoying profits of more than £16m last year, Oyston refuses to spend lavishly and be dragged into bidding wars for any players.
And that’s something Ince is only too aware of.
He said: “It will be an even tougher league next year in the Championship, when you look at the likes of QPR and Reading coming down. You also have clubs like Leicester and Forest, who will be strong.
“With our budget we aren’t really able to compete with these clubs.
“But we can compete in terms of quality and spirit.”