Ince hanging on to Pool job

Paul Ince at full-time on Saturday
Paul Ince at full-time on Saturday
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Paul Ince clung on to his job as Blackpool manager last night after talks over his future with chairman Karl Oyston.

The Seasiders crashed to their ninth defeat in 10 games on Saturday. The 2-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Barnsley was the fourth successive Championship match in which Pool have failed to score.

It prompted ugly scenes at the full-time whistle, which saw supporters target Ince as he walked towards the tunnel.

The Blackpool boss refused to talk to the media after the game, having also failed to hold his usual pre-match press conference, sparking rumours he was about to leave the club.

But he travelled to chairman Oyston’s house last night for four hours of talks about the current situation.

It’s understood Ince was told in no uncertain terms things have to improve but Oyston stopped short of sacking the 46-year-old.

Ince’s assistants Alex Rae and Steve Thompson also attended the meeting, at which transfer targets and other issues surrounding the club were discussed.

As it stands Ince will still be in charge for the visit of Doncaster to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, although his position is thought to remain under threat this week.

Ince replaced Michael Appleton last February and has so far won 12 of his 42 games in charge.

Pool remain 14th but are now just eight points above the relegation zone and desperate to put an end to a shocking run which has seen them take just one point from the last 27 available.

Last night’s talks come after a week of frustration in the transfer market for the Seasiders boss.

When news of last night’s meeting broke online, it prompted yet more calls from supporters for the manager to be sacked.

Independent supporters’ group SISA have announced they are planning a protest during the Doncaster game, while Blackpool Supporters’ Association are seeking an explanation.

Chairman Glenn Bowley said: “We are looking to hold a meeting with the chairman as soon as possible.

“It’s now urgent that we discuss this unsatisfactory situation.”

Pool will resume their search for signings today after a number of knockbacks last week. Middlesbrough defender Frazer Richardson trained with the club on Friday before talks broke down, leaving Pool yet again without a recognised right-back for Saturday’s game.

A number of other potential deals failed to make it over the finish line last week, but after last night’s talks it is believed the club will step up their efforts

Pool did manage to sign Barnsley midfielder David Perkins on Friday, though the terms of the deal prevented him making his debut against his former club the following day. Perkins will be available to face Doncaster.

Ince has made no secret of his desire to sign a right-back, a midfielder and a striker, as well as several squad players.