New boss says team spirit ‘as good as ever’

Paul Ince taking training.
Paul Ince taking training.
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The team spirit at Blackpool is as good as ever, says new boss Paul Ince.

After three months of turmoil, Pool’s stars could be forgiven for sulking after losing three managers and sliding to 14th in the league.

But after taking his first two training sessions, Ince is convinced the troubles haven’t changes his squad’s mentality.

“The players have ignored all the things that have gone on in recent months and just got on with it,” he said.

“When I arrived at the training ground yesterday I half expected people to be walking around with their heads down, especially after what happened on Saturday.

“But the lads are buzzing again, they are smiling, they are happy.

“I speak to Thomas (17-goal winger Ince), and I have done for the last 14 months.

“He says what a great bunch of lads we have here.

“Believe me it’s not like that everywhere.”

While the play-offs lie only 10 points away, Ince is more interested in a much more realistic target - 50 points.

He insists he’s here for the long-term and wants to build a club everyone can be proud of.

Ince said: “The players here have gone through different styles here recently.

“They’ve gone through the Holloway style, then through the Appleton style.

“I’m not sure the players know whether they are coming or going at the moment.

“That’s why I think it’s important to get some stability here.

“Whether there’s time in the 14 games left to really stamp my style on things, I don’t know.

“But the first phase has to be to get to 50 points, then try and build from there and see how far we can go.

“To have the chance to come and work for Blackpool, with these players and fans is a real honour for me.”

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