Oyston: No plans to sack Ince

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Karl Oyston is not considering sacking Paul Ince, even if Blackpool lose at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Seven defeats in the last eight games have prompted calls for the manager’s head, his position hardly helped by yesterday’s tweet by striker Michael Chopra describing training at the club as “a joke”.

But chairman Oyston has spoken out in favour of his manager, claiming Pool are lucky to have him.

Oyston told The Gazette: “People who think the manager will get sacked if we lose on Saturday are wrong.

“I will never run the club by mob rule – never have and never will.

“The fans are entitled to their opinions, right or wrong. There’s only one judge and that’s me.

“It (dismissing the manager) is not something I’m considering at the moment.”

Ince led Pool to their best start in the club’s history but results turned after a disastrous trip to Yeovil five weeks ago.

The performance was much-improved at Bolton on Saturday but Pool still crashed out of the FA Cup. However, Oyston insisted: “It’s business as usual for us as far as I’m concerned.

“As much as I didn’t get carried away when results were going our way at the start of the season, I’m not going to get carried away now.

“Of course this is a results-based business and it’s always nice to win.

“But I judge things over a season, not on a particular good or bad run of games.

“Over the years there have been plenty of calls for managers’ heads from the fans and I’ve never bowed to them. I’m not about to change my policy now.

“We have a very hard working, well-organised manager, who we are lucky to have.

“Making a change simply isn’t something which is up for consideration.”

After pleas from fans’ groups last week, the supporters got behind their boss at Bolton and Oyston says that is the only way things will improve.

“Getting behind the manager is the only option people have,” the chairman added. “And that includes me.

“We are trying to recruit players to help his cause.

“The supporters can play a big part in turning things around.

“It’s something we’ll all have to buy into to get ourselves out of the run we are in.”