Ince on Blackpool manager’s job

Thomas Ince scores Pool's second goal against Wolves.
Thomas Ince scores Pool's second goal against Wolves.
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TOM Ince believes there is no reason why Steve Thompson should not be given the Blackpool manager’s job.

The caretaker boss earned the first win of his second temporary spell in charge at Wolves on Saturday.

Pool fell behind to a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake strike before Ince took his goal tally for the season to 15 with two fine finishes.

The Seasiders are now in their third week without a manager following Michael Appleton’s departure for Blackburn.

The club hope an appointment will finally be made this week and Lee Clark is the latest favourite, though Pool have been refused permission to speak to the Birmingham boss.

While previous target Peter Houston left Dundee United this morning.

But their Molineux hero Ince thinks there’s only one man who deserves a crack.

He said: “I’d like to see Thommo given the job, definitely. He’s been here throughout the thick and thin. He’s always stuck by the lads. All he does in training is help us. He’s there for every player, 100 per cent.

“Whatever Thommo does, it’s for the best for this club. He has every right to have a go at this job. Why not?

“The players showed the right attitude to win for him on Saturday. Thommo has our full backing.

“All we can do is keep putting in performances like we did at Wolves and it will do him no harm.”

Reading are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a move for Ince ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

After an outstanding start to the season, the winger had gone 10 games without a goal before Saturday’s brace.

And he is delighted to have finally moved on from “unlucky” 13.

Ince added; “It’s hard when you haven’t scored for so long after having such a good start. I was on a bit of a dry patch.

“I think my performances were still decent. I just wasn’t getting that luck in front of goal or I wasn’t really composed enough. I was trying and trying to get off unlucky 13.

“On Saturday, I got a bit of luck for my first. You can’t always score great goals – you take the tap-ins.

“Getting goals always brings confidence and puts a smile back on my face.”

Ince scored either side of half-time and his goals couldn’t have been more different.

He nipped in to capitalise on a mistake by defender Roger Johnson, who was later sent off, for his first.

Ince then fired in a 25-yard stunner for the winner.

“I gambled really,” Ince said of the equaliser. “Johnson and the keeper had a mix-up and I just put it in the corner. It was a bit of an easy goal.

“For the second, I just thought it was worth a shot.

“When we played them at Christmas (and Wolves won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road), their keeper had a great game against me, so it was my turn to have a bit of luck. I just wanted to get it on target – if you do that you always have a chance.”