Ince: It’s time to talk

Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Gary Taylor-Fletcher
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Paul Ince will sit down with each of his out of contract players ahead of next week’s final game against Bolton.

The Blackpool boss has decisions to make on 36 of his squad and wants things sorted before they jet off on their summer holidays.

Ince says he’ll hold talks with all of his squad and inform them of his decision whether or not to keep them on, before offering new deals to players who have a long term future at the club.

A number of the out of contract stars have a year option written into their contracts, including the likes of Tom Ince and Matt Phillips.

And Ince reveals talks have already began with some of the more senior stars.

“I’ve spoken to two or three of the players, just to get an insight into their thoughts,” said Ince.

“I think next week we’ll have a really good week at it.

“Hopefully we’ll have the relegation thing sorted on Saturday, then next week I can have two or three days sitting down with everyone.

“I want to sit down with everything and tell everyone how it is.

“It’s important I am honest with all the players.

“One thing I am is honest, I don’t and won’t lie to anyone.

“I don’t like uncertainty, so I hope to sit down and tell everyone if I do or don’t want them.

“I hope to sit down with everyone before the Bolton game.

“That gives the players I’m going to release the chance to find somewhere else, or go on trial somewhere.

“It’s only fair I show players that respect.”

Blackpool have undoubtedly improved their form since Ince took charge in February, losing only two of his eleven games in charge.

They go into tomorrow’s game against Derby knowing another point will secure their safety in the Championship table.

Pool lie four points above the relegation zone, with just two games to play.

And Ince says he’s happy with his squad.

“When I look at the team, I am pretty pleased,” said the Blackpool boss.

“I don’t want wholesale changes. Maybe I’ll be looking to bring four or five in to freshen things up a bit.

“If I can do that, I’ll be happy. I have a very good squad, with a very good attitude.

“There’s a great core at this club and I don’t want to change that.”