Paul Ince is “disappointed” by Ludo Syvlestre’s decision to quit Blackpool after helping the Frenchman to resurrect his career.
The midfielder this week turned down Pool’s offer of a new contract, choosing instead to enter talks with some Premier League clubs.
Having been in and out of the squad under Ian Holloway and Michael Appleton, Sylvestre struck a rich vein of form in the last 10 games of the season under Ince.
And the Pool boss felt that might have convinced him to stay at Bloomfield Road.
Ince told The Gazette: “In Ludo’s case I’m disappointed. Before I came to this club he wasn’t exactly flavour of the month.
“Myself and Alex Rae managed to get more out of him and raised his standards and fitness.
“In a way it’s sad that we’ve brought him on and improved him, and he’s left us.”
Ince held talks with each of his out-of-contract players at the end of the season and offered seven of them new deals to stay at the club.
So far three have decided to move on, with Alex Baptiste and Neal Eardley following Sylvestre out of the door.
Barry Ferguson will sign on his return from holiday and Stephen Crainey is also expected to commit his future to the club.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Kirk Broadfoot are yet to give an answer either way.
Ince added: “At the end of the day all we can do is offer what we think is right.
“If a player can go and get bigger money elsewhere, then there’s not really much we can do about it.”
Ince has already been planning for life without his out-of-contract stars but he admits Syvlestre’s decision to leave came as a surprise.
The manager added; “When I sat down with Ludo there was no inkling that he didn’t want to stay. We gave him a very good offer.
“These lads had to decide whether they wanted to play for Blackpool or whether they wanted more money.”
Blackpool’s players return to training on June 21, with the season kicking off on Saturday August 3.