Ince to make decision on 37 players

Gary Taylor-Fletcher is expected to be offered a new deal this week
Gary Taylor-Fletcher is expected to be offered a new deal this week
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Paul Ince admits he has a “horrible” week ahead of him.

The Blackpool boss will start one-on-one meetings with out-of-contract players tomorrow to inform them whether they have a future at the club.

He has a decision to make on as many as 37 of his squad and has promised to have spoken to all of them ahead of Saturday’s final match at Bolton.

Yesterday’s Gazette revealed that talks have already started with Ludo Sylvestre, and it’s understood a number of senior players have also been spoken to.

It gives Ince a chance to build his own squad ahead of next season but he admits the next few days will be tough.

“It going to be a horrible week for me,” he said. “I’ll have to tell some people that I don’t want them and give them the chance to move on.

“But also it’s a great week as I can build a club now. When you come into a club in the situation we were it’s hard.

“Now we are safe I can sit down and get the core players sorted.

“Football’s football, there will be players coming and going. But there’s not a lot to change here – I don’t want to dismantle the whole team.

“We have a great core here, and I want to keep them here and build around it.”

Nine players, including Alex Baptiste, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Sylvestre, would be able to walk away from Bloomfield Road this summer should no deal be agreed.

Tom Barkhuizen, Adam Dodd and goalkeepers Mark Halstead and Chris Kettings are also out of contract but won’t be free to leave if Pool offer them improved terms because they are under 24.

Pool secured their place in next season’s Championship with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Derby.

It means they can go into the Bolton game relaxed and boss Ince can get on with planning the future.

He said: “It’s great that I can build, have a full pre-season and implement my style of football.

“We’ll have a new pitch but it’s not just about the football – it’s the mindset and mentality I want to give the players.

“People ask what’s Paul Ince’s team all about. Well, it’s a team that wants to play football but also will get their hands dirty.

“They have done that since I’ve been here and that’s why we’ve stayed up.

“But what I can do now is build. I went to MK Dons to build a team and we won the double. There’s no reason why I can do that here.”

Meanwhile, under 300 tickets remain on general sale for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Pool were originally allocated 2,313 for the Reebok Stadium clash only to be given an extra 900 last week.

Bolton need a win to guarantee a place in the promotion play-offs.

Pool’s deals to seal:

Blackpool players out of contract with no option for next 12 months

Alex Baptiste

Tom Barkhuizen (Under 24)

Kirk Broadfoot

Adam Dodd (U24)

Neal Eardley

Ashley Eastham

Elliot Grandin

Mark Halstead (U24)

Chris Kettings (U24)

Kevin Phillips

Ludovic Sylvestre

Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Liam Tomsett

Players out of contract with 12-month option

Alex Addai

Louis Almond

Banvo Anderson

Chris Basham

Paul Bignot

Gerardo Bruna

Jake Caprice

Craig Cathcart

Matt Challoner

Stephen Crainey

Adda Djeziri

Nathan Eccleston

Ian Evatt

Barry Ferguson

Matt Gilks

Tiago Gomes

Bob Harris

Tom Ince

Angel Martinez

Jamie Menagh

Isaiah Osbourne

Matt Phillips

Craig Sutherland

Curtis Thompson

Players already under contract for next season

James Caton

Alberto Noguera

Loan players set to return to parent club

Nathan Delfouneso

Gary MacKenzie