Paul Ince has sent out a pledge to Blackpool’s fans - ‘we are trying to turn things around.’
The Blackpool boss is facing huge pressure from the club’s supporters after a run which has seen his side lose six of their last seven games.
Despite fans calling for the manager’s head, it’s unlikely chairman Karl Oyston will sack Ince any time soon or the former England captain will offer his resignation.
With that in mind, Ince has pledged to rescue the season.
“We are trying to turn it around for the fans,” he said.
“The players, myself and the staff are all behind each other and know we have to work hard.
“It’s my team and I’ll take responsibility for my team.
“But we all need to pull together as a club.
“It’s easy to pull together when things are going well.
“But it’s at times like this when we need to pull together and show our true worth as fans, staff and players.
“The only way it will turn is if we stick together.
“It will only improve if we all keep believing in each other.
“If we start turning as a club against each other, then we will only go one way.”
Blackpool go into tomorrow’s game at Bolton massively short of options, after five loan players returned to their clubs yesterday.
A defeat would pile further pressure on the 46-year-old boss, but it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to quit any time soon. He said: “The day the players stop fighting for me, I’ll jack it in.
“And I would do because I don’t want this club to go down.
“But I don’t see that from my players.
“If I thought my players were letting me down, I wouldn’t be here.”
After Pool’s excellent start in the Championship, many supporters started to dream of a run towards the play-off places.
Pool are now four points off the top six, but worryingly only 11 away from the relegation zone.
And while fans may feel a top six finish is the aim, Ince insists that’s not in his remit from chairman Oyston.
“My job has always been to keep this team in the league,” he said.
“If we look like we aren’t going to do that, then I’m not doing my job and I’ll go somewhere else.
“Or I’ll jack it in.
“My remit from the chairman is to stay in this league.
“Nothing in my remit says we should be up there.
“Yes we are on a bad run and losing games, but they won’t stop fighting.”