Planning ahead so vital for Ince

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PAUL Ince wants to get to 52 points as quick as possible – so he can start planning for next 
season.

The Blackpool boss wants his side to secure their place in the Championship in the next couple of games, ahead of a fresh start this summer.

Pool have a huge number of players out of contract at the end of the season, which will give the boss the chance to build his own team.

And they face Peterborough tomorrow knowing a win will go a long way towards dragging themselves away from the drop zone.

“We are already sitting down and looking at recruitment for next year,” Ince said.

“There are things we need to put in place in terms of scouting, all over the country.

“We are kind of playing catch-up as we’ve never had this sort of system in play which is not right.

“The quicker we can get to 52 points, the better as then we know where we are.

“The good situation is that we have a few players out of contract next season, and we also have a few options on players.

“So it gives us room to 
manoeuvre really.”

Thirty six players are out of contract at the end of the season, although many have options written into their deals which would allow Pool to keep them if they want.

And while Ince admits it doesn’t help, he hopes it will inspire the players to prove to him they are worthy of a new deal.

Ince said: “I know there’s uncertainty with all the players out of contract.

“But the only way these people are going to earn new contracts is by putting in the performances.

“It’s not just the ones who are playing, but the ones who aren’t playing too.

“It’s how they turn up and train when they aren’t in the side.

“If they aren’t putting it in every day, I know they aren’t right for me.

“So while I’m looking at the ones who are playing, I’m also looking at the ones who aren’t.

“I know it’s not easy when you’re on the fringes to feel positive, but I try to make them as part of it as I can.

“There are managers who disregard players who aren’t really involved, but I don’t like to.”

Blackpool are hoping to welcome Isaiah Osbourne back after a hamstring injury tomorrow.

Ian Evatt (knee), Bob Harris (toe) and Chris Basham (cheek) will all again miss-out.