Paul Ince has demanded improvements to Blackpool’s training facilities.
The Seasiders have long-term plans to move to a new training complex in Lytham, but in the meantime manager Ince is keen to enhance the players’ training environment without delay.
Chairman Karl Oyston walked around the club’s Squires Gate base with Ince recently and a number of improvements were arranged.
And it’s something that Ince clearly feels passionate about.
He told The Gazette: “The chairman and I have had a good chat.
“People go on about training facilities but it is so important.
“The chairman has plans for a new training ground but how long that’s going to take I don’t know yet.
“In the meantime, while we are at Squires Gate it’s important we make it as professional and homely as we can.
“That’s going to be our home from Monday to Friday each week.
“At the moment, for me it’s not very good.”
Blackpool’s training ground is regularly the butt of jokes, especially when new players arrive at the club. However, for Ince it is no laughing matter.
While he realises that a new complex is some way down the line, the manager hopes short-term action can be taken.
He added: “The chairman and I spoke about how we could make it a more professional training base.
“At the end of the day, when you take players to a club to show them around, you either show them the stadium or the training ground.
“Our training ground has to be professional.
“We want to change a few things and hopefully that will be the case.
“Me and the chairman have spoken about doing that as quickly as possible.”