Ince reveals text disappointment

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Paul Ince has broken his silence by revealing he was disappointed to be sacked “via text message”.

Ince, who had his contract as Blackpool manager terminated on Tuesday, released the following statement last night via the League Managers Association.

“It was deeply disappointing to have been notified that my contract was to be terminated via text message after a lengthy meeting with the club chairman on Sunday, when no indication was given that any of the coaching staff, myself included, were going to lose their jobs.

“Neither I nor my coaching staff received a telephone call from the chairman at any stage after this meeting.

“It is true that I was at St George’s Park this week as I am completing the final phase of the UEFA Pro Licence, which I have been working towards over the past two years.

“Along with others in my position, I have attended several such training days throughout this period.

“As a result, I had arranged for both Alex Rae and Steve Thompson to oversee matters at Blackpool’s training ground.

“It disappoints me that I have been accused of failing to produce a transfer target list.

“While recent results have been of concern, especially after we enjoyed the best start to a season in Blackpool’s history, we had identified key targets in the January transfer window to improve the squad as a result of injuries to key players and the loss of loan players who returned to their parent clubs.

“The need for new faces at the club could not have been more evident than at the recent home match against Middlesbrough, when we had two young players on the bench who had already played in another match that morning.

“Overall, my time at Blackpool has been a great learning experience.

“Having joined in difficult circumstances, when we were fighting relegation, it was great to have retained the club’s Championship status and then made such a positive start to the season after losing several senior players over the summer.

“After starting the new campaign with just 18 players available, and then losing some key members of the squad over the Christmas period to injury, it was clear we needed to strengthen to ultimately improve results and that is what we were actively trying to achieve.

“I enjoyed working with the chairman during my time in charge.

“We had a very good professional relationship, so it is with sadness to have been relieved of my managerial duties, and the manner in which I was informed of my dismissal was particularly disappointing.

“I would like to thank the staff who have assisted me in every possible way, the players for their great efforts and the fans for the support they’ve given me during my time in charge.

“I wish everyone connected with the club the very best for the future.”