Ince ready despite far from ideal summer

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince can’t wait to get the season started, even though he admits preparation has been far from ideal.

Blackpool kick-off their Championship season with a trip to Doncaster tomorrow with only 13 fit senior players at the club.

This summer saw 14 players leave Bloomfield Road, and only five arrive in their place.

It means Pool are short in a number of positions, but Ince is ready to make the best of what he has.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said the Blackpool boss.

“Everyone’s looking forward to the start of the season now, we just can’t wait to get started.

“The lads are champing at the bit. We know we are very low on numbers and need to bring another seven players in.

“As far as preparation and planning, it’s not been great.

“But it is what it is, we will work with what we’ve got here.

“Pre-season has been fine, even though we’ve had to just work with the players we’ve got.”

Pool travel to newly promoted Doncaster Rovers tomorrow, a game which Ince hinted was a decent start when the fixtures was announced.

But he now insists it will be a very tough game for his side.

He said: “It will be very difficult. You always want to get off to a good start in your first home game and Doncaster will be no different.

“They have a new manager who will want to impress.

“It’s good that it’s not hours away, it’s quite close.

“Dickov’s teams play a nice style of football, as do my teams.

“It’s important we try to get off to a good start. We need to try and get some points.”

Apart from Matt Phillips, who misses out with a broken arm, Pool will take a full-strength side to Doncaster.

Bob Harris has returned from a knock picked up against Newcastle and is fit, while Jack Robinson, Michael Chopra, Bobby Grant and Steven Davies could make their first starts.