PAUL Ince says his spell at Blackburn has made him a better manager.
The Blackpool boss spent a difficult six months at Ewood Park in 2008, before being sacked after picking up only three wins in 17 games.
Until then Ince’s managerial career had been on the up, with successful spells at Macclesfield and MK Dons.
Looking back, the 46-year-old admits his Premier League chance maybe came a little too soon.
He said: “You always learn something when you lose your job, people say you don’t, but you do. Blackburn was a great chance for me to manage in the Premier League.
“I’d only been a manager for a couple of years, and maybe it was a little too soon.
“Maybe I should have waited and learnt my trade more.
“But when the Premier League comes calling, it’s sometimes hard to turn down.”
Ince returns to Ewood Park this afternoon, hoping for a win which would drag his Blackpool side away from the relegation zone.
Today’s game is followed by the return of Ian Holloway with Crystal Palace on Monday.
But the trip to Blackburn is bringing up allsorts of memories for the Pool boss.
He said: “I think the sacking was harsh to be honest, we weren’t in the bottom three.
“At the time Blackburn was going through a tough stage, and had no finances.
“I was a young manager who probably needed finances to manage in the Premier League, and at the time I didn’t get that.
“I didn’t get that, or time.
“You make mistakes, but you can make them as long as you learn from them.
“I’d say I’m a better manager for that experience, that’s for sure.
“You can watch the best players in the world play, and they’ll make mistakes.
“We are all learning everyday, whether you’re a manager, a player or a member of the press.
“You’re always learning.
“As long as you come back better from mistakes, then you’ll be fine.”