Tangerine talking point: Fearing the worst over Ince ban

Blackpool boss Paul Ince
Blackpool boss Paul Ince
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While the extent of Paul Ince’s ban isn’t yet known, I think it’s fair to say we all fear the worst.

The fact that yesterday’s hearing lasted almost seven hours at Wembley suggests there was much more to talk about than a water bottle thrown in frustration.

If past cases are anything to go by, Ince could be hit with a stadium ban, something which would be disastrous for the Seasiders.

While you can get by without your manager on the touchline, to not even have him in the stadium makes the situation very difficult indeed.

It’s something which punishes the players, the fans and the club in general.

I have to say I think it’s wrong, but it’s something the club will have to just get on with.

Blackpool haven’t won since these charges were first brought five games ago.

Had the FA sorted things out quickly, then Ince’s punishment would almost be over by now.

So whatever today’s announcement brings, add the previous five games on top and there’s no doubt it’s had an effect.

What Blackpool could be left with is October without a manager, and without their skipper Barry Ferguson as well.

It’s just typical that just when the club were enjoying their best start to a Football League season ever, they are hit by a double blow.

Let’s hope today’s announcement isn’t as severe as we expect.

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It’s amazing how many people are feeling negative about the season so far.

I am often stopped by supporters wanting to talk about Blackpool’s progress while on my travels, and there are certainly not too many optimistic fans around at the moment.

But it’s important we all take a step back and look what we’ve got so far.

From their opening 11 games, Pool have 20 points, their highest total since being promoted to the second tier in 2007.

In 2009 and 2012, seasons which both ended with play-off finals, Pool mustered only 16 points in the same period.

It all comes down to the question of what means more, results or performance.

While I admit it’s not been pretty lately, I fall very much into the bracket which considers league position more important.

If Pool were second-bottom and playing so defensively, then there would be major questions to ask.

For me, while we are in the play-off places, it’s hard to question the manager.

I’d take a return to the Premier League, no matter how ugly.