Backroom looking bare at Blackpool

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Paul Ince has almost a whole backroom staff to recruit in readiness for the start of pre-season training.

The Blackpool boss brought in Alex Rae as his right-hand man back in February to work alongside Steve Thompson, but Pool are short of staff after summer departures.

Goalkeeping coach Kelham O’Hanlon has left for a job in the USA, fitness coach Paul Butler’s contract wasn’t extended, while Alan Wright has left the youth set-up to become Southport manager and has taken John Hills with him.

It means that not only must Ince recruit around 10 players, he also needs at least four new members of staff.

He had hoped to bring in Scotland U19 coach Ricky Sbragia but it’s expected the former Manchester United and Sunderland man will decide to stick with what he feels is a much more secure role with the Scottish FA.

And Ince is more than aware of the job in hand. “It’s important I get the right staff in,” he said.

“We aren’t able to compete with the bigger teams in terms of spending power, but we can compete by doing things right, looking after the players and having the right standard of staff.

“We need to have ultimate professionalism and that’s the type of people I want to bring to this club. It’s all about standards and constantly trying to raise them.”

Ince was once again at Bloomfield Road this week to discuss plans with chairman Karl Oyston.

He has decided against taking a summer holiday, instead choosing to focus on matters at Blackpool before flying to Turkey next week to complete his A Licence coaching badge.

Ince said: “We are working non-stop to get things right for next season, that’s the way it has to be. There’s a lot of work to do here but we are thriving on it and it’s something I’m enjoying.

“I am constantly trying to improve things at this football club and so is the chairman.

“We know how tough it will be but I can’t wait for the players to return (on Friday week) so we can get going again for the coming season.”