Paul Ince has expressed his pride that son Tom’s brave decision to join Blackpool has paid off so handsomely.
The 21-year-old winger was Pool’s top scorer and player of the season, is set to star for England U21 in next month’s European Championships and looks set to attract offers from Premier League clubs.
And Seasiders boss Paul commended Ince junior on his courage in leaving Liverpool two seasons ago for the Championship.
Pool boss Ince said: “I’m so proud of him. It’s the fact he was prepared to come to Blackpool when he could have signed a four-year deal with Liverpool.”
“That’s not easy. There were still kids there who were with Thomas sat in the reserves and who won’t get a game.
“He just wanted to play football and show people what he could do.”
And Ince reckons Tom’s temperament is a key factor behind his success.
He added: “”Even when he was at Liverpool he never got carried away with himself.
“He always kept his feet on the ground.
“He respects everyone and talks to people in the right way.
“He has his tantrums, but don’t we all. The most important thing for me is that he is a good kid.”
Also key for Ince is that his son is a team player who has shown no desire to steal the spotlight.
“It’s great to see him picking up awards,” said the proud father after Ince dominated the club’s end-of-season presentations.
It’s an unusual situation when a club’s star player is the manager’s son, but chairman Karl Oyston sees no potential problems.
He told The Gazette: “I don’t have the slightest doubt that they will both handle the situation in the best possible way.”