Pool on brink of Ince deal

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BLACKPOOL’s five-week search for a new manager could finally be coming to an end.

Paul Ince spent yesterday at Bloomfield Road holding talks with chairman Karl Oyston.

After an extensive search which has seen the club consider more than 20 managers to replace Michael Appleton, it appears Pool have settled on former MK Dons and Blackburn boss Ince.

The 45-year-old held talks with Pool on Tuesday before travelling to Blackpool yesterday for a face-to-face meeting with Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams.

The Gazette understands the former England captain is anxious for a chance to rebuild his managerial career at a club he knows well.

Not only is his son Tom the club’s star player, Ince snr has attended almost all Pool’s games this season.

His knowledge of the set-up would enable Ince to hit the ground running at Bloomfield Road.

The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder has been out of work since April 2011, when he ended an unsuccessful six-month stint as manager of Notts County. His managerial career began at Macclesfield in 2006.

He spent six months in charge of Blackburn in the Premier League (2008) between his two stints with the Dons.

Ince is expected to be back at Bloomfield Road today to discuss the finer points of his contract and staff details.