The chips might be down for Paul Ince after his five match stadium ban - but one resort pub is offering him a meal, a pint and a comfortable place to stay until he can get back into Bloomfield Road.
As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, the Seasiders gaffer has received the punishment after an incident involving their game at Bournemouth last month.
But instead of twiddling his thumbs and pacing round the stadium perimeter on Saturday afternoons, The Swift Hound, on nearby Rigby Road, is offering Ince a safe haven where he can watch the results come in live as well as access to the internet so he can contact his coaching staff on the touchline.
Andy Dodson, deputy general manger at the pub, said: “I don’t know what he likes to eat but we’ve got different grills and everything like that on our menu.
“We do get a lot of fans in so I don’t know whether he’d like to come down before the match, but they’d all be gone by kick-off anyway.
“We’ve got comforatable surroundings and Sky Sports for him to watch too.
“I’d imagine we’d be a bit shocked to see him though.”
And the pub already has form with past Blackpool bosses, it was a regular haunt of Ian Holloway while he was in charge at the club.
Andy added: “He used to come in quite a lot and sit down at the bar just having a few pints, so the staff are sort of used to.
“He wouldn’t get hounded by them.
“We do have a few players in from time to time too.”
And if Ince fancied a pint closer to the ground, he could try Blackpool Number One Working Men’s Club too - just a stone’s throw from the statue of Jimmy Armfield on Bloomfield Road.
Steve Woon, assistant steward at the club, said: “I’d be quite surprised if he came in but we’d welcome him in and make him comfortable.
“He’s doing very well for the team and the fans who drink here seem proud of him.”