Pool appoint Rae to backroom staff

Paul Ince with Steve Thompson and Alex Rae
Paul Ince with Steve Thompson and Alex Rae
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BLACKPOOL have appointed Alex Rae to their coaching staff, and another could be joining him.

The 43-year-old met up with Paul Ince’s men yesterday afternoon ahead of the game against Leeds.

Pool have spent the last week trying to free him from his contract at League One side MK Dons where he was working as chief scout.

Rae is well known to Ince, he was his assistant at both Notts County and MK Dons.

“It was nice to have Alex with us last night,” said Ince.

“It took time to get it sorted, but we got there in the end.

“He came up from MK Dons yesterday before the game and it’s all done and dusted now.

“He’s got a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the game, and hopefully he can pass that onto the players.

“He’s now part of the team, along with Steve Thompson.”

Rae is hugely experienced after a playing career spanning more than 20 years.

After starting north of the boarder in Falkirk, the tough tackling midfielder made a name for himself in England with Millwall, Sunderland and Wolves.

He then returned back to his native Scotland to play 34 times for Glasgow giants Rangers.

Since quitting, Rae as been working through his coaching badges and has followed Ince around from club to club.

The new Pool boss requested two members of staff come with him when he took the job at Bloomfield Road, and a second one could arrive in time for Saturday’s game against Leicester.

It’s believed he’s in work at the moment, hence the delay in getting the deal over the line.

But Ince sounds confident of getting his man.

“We are trying to get one more person in, I hope we can get that sorted,” he confirmed.

“I’m going to speak to the chairman and hopefully we can get the final man in very soon.

“We need a very, very good coach in here who can get people organised.

“Hopefully in the next couple of days I can get another man in with me.

“We’ll all be back at training today trying to put things right.”

It’s believed Steve Thompson will stay as assistant manager, with Ince working with all three members of staff.