Ince sets Pool talks deadline

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince has set a seven-day deadline for out-of-contract players to make a decision on their future.

Blackpool have made new offers to Alex Baptiste, Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Crainey, Neal Eardley, Barry Ferguson, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ludovic Sylvestre.

They are all considering these offers before deciding whether their future lies at Bloomfield Road.

But Pool boss Ince isn’t willing to wait all summer and has set a deadline for their answer.

He said: “I’ve said to the players I need an answer within the next seven days, then I can actually move on.

“If they aren’t going to stay, then they have to move on and I can start to look at other targets.”

The Seasiders have only 14 players signed up for next season after releasing 13 last week.

While it’s not expected all seven out-of-contract players will re-sign, Ince is hopeful he can retain the bulk of them.

“I always wanted to keep the core at the club, that was important to me,” he revealed.

“There’s a special spirit at this club, between the staff, players and the fans.

“The last thing I wanted to do was lose that, so I wanted to keep the core.

“The players I want to retain aren’t all sorted yet. They have to come back to me and these things always take time.

“I’ve told the players who I want to keep, and then we have to try to negotiate their income. I’ve done the easy part of telling people I want to keep them. The hard part is getting them to stay.

“We have to find common ground between the financial packages they are asking for and what we are prepared to pay them.”

Ince had been unable to plan ahead in recent months, with the threat of relegation hanging over the club.

But he claims he always knew which players he wanted to keep.

“I knew what I wanted to do with this squad maybe four or five weeks ago,” he added.

“I was putting down little notes of who I wanted to keep.

“It was always a case of just getting through the Bolton game, then sitting down and going through everything.”