Modest Ince plays down award

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Paul Ince played down winning the Championship’s Manager of the Month award today, claiming he couldn’t have done it without his players.

The Seasiders currently sit top of the table after winning four of their opening five games of the season.

Pool’s start is even more remarkable when you consider they’ve been working with such a depleted squad rocked by departures and injury.

Ince saw off competition from Harry Redknapp and Sean Dyche to be named the league’s top manager for August, but he wasn’t going to start taking the credit.

“It’s always nice to be recognised when we’ve done well, but it’s not about me,” he said.

“I’ve won this award because of the players, not because of me.

“If I could split the award into 18 pieces and hand it around the dressing room, I really would. The lads have been outstanding in the first five games.

“It will probably be the kiss of death now, but we’ll take it.”

Blackpool have no game tomorrow due to the international break. They return to action next week with a long trip to Bournemouth followed by a trek to Millwall just three days later.

Ince added when praising his squad: “I’ve been saying since pre-season that we needed people in.

“We weren’t prepared and didn’t have enough players. It wasn’t the right way to prepare for a Championship season.

“When you look at the 
situation we’ve been in it’s been a marvellous start.

“It’s a credit to the lads.

“Yes we’ve ridden our luck at times, but we’ve dug in.”

It’s been Pool’s best start to a league campaign since 1935, and even Ince admits it’s not something he was expecting.

He said: “We are top of the table and it’s a surprise, but we just have to keep it going and see how far we can go.”