Pool ready to turn to Paul Ince

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BLACKPOOL are set to go full circle in their search for a new manager – and could finally be closing in on an appointment.

Pool have spent more than a month searching for a replacement for Michael Appleton, and after seeing numerous targets slip away they are now ready to turn to a pair much closer to home in Paul Ince and caretaker boss Steve Thompson.

Former England captain Paul Ince, the father of the club’s star player Tom, is due to hold talks today about becoming Pool’s new boss.

The 45-year-old has been out of work since April 2011, when he ended an unsuccessful six-month stint as manager of Notts County.

The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder enjoyed happier spells in charge at Macclesfield and twice at MK Dons. He also managed Blackburn in the Premier League.

Ince has the advantage of having watched all of Pool’s games so far this season.

His knowledge of the club and its players is believed to appeal to chairman Karl Oyston.

Ince is currently taking his pro-licence coaching badge with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, he held talks with Oyston yesterday and is again expected to this morning.

Thompson was also formally interviewed for the role this week. If he is overlooked for the top job, he would remain as number two under Ince.

Thompson is in charge of the side for the second time this season after the departure of Ian Holloway and more recently Appleton.

While his record hasn’t been the best so far, he’s had to work under difficult circumstances and has led Pool to two wins in their last three games.

The 48-year-old is a hugely popular figure among players and supporters at Bloomfield Road.