Ince: I have targets for every position

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince says he has transfer targets for every position of the pitch.

The Blackpool boss is trying to rebuild his squad after a clear-out at Bloomfield Road which could see as many as 26 players leave the club.

Ince held talks with Pool chairman Karl Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams last week to thrash out a plan in the transfer market.

And the manager is expecting things to be so busy this summer that he’s cancelled any plans of getting away on holiday.

“I have targets for every position in our team,” he said.

“I want 24 players who can compete with each other.

“But these targets aren’t going to be there forever, everyone is going for the same players. It will be a bit of a rush now to get everything done.”

Ince arrived at Bloomfield Road with the side in freefall, claiming Pool were heading for relegation until he arrived.

And the pressure of avoiding relegation meant Ince was unable to plan ahead for the future.

He added: “That was the problem with coming in when we did, we were just concentrating on keeping this club in The Championship.

“We didn’t really had time to plan for the summer.

“We survived so late on, it’s been hard to start speaking to players from other clubs. Now we have to start going through the process of talking to players, and their agents and finding out what they want.”

Pool offered new contracts to seven of their first team squad, and are awaiting news on four. Alex Baptiste is set to agree a deal with Bolton, Neal Eardley has joined Brimingham, while Barry Ferguson is expected to sign for another year at Bloomfield Road this week.

It leaves Ludo Sylvestre, Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher yet to make their decision – a stumbling block for Ince.

“There was no point me talking to a player, if one of our players in that position were going to sign a new contract,” said the Pool boss.

“So those decisions need to be made, so I can look at their replacements.”