Could Paul Ince return to management with Port Vale?

by Jack Kitson / 27 September 2017, 15:17

It’s been nearly a fortnight since Port Vale axed manager Michael Brown, and so far the club have endured fruitless search for his replacement in the dugout. However, a new name has suddenly shaken up the market as Paul Ince storms to the top of the betting for the League Two post.

The former Blackburn, MK Dons, Notts County, and Macclesfield manager has not been seen since losing his job at Blackpool nearly four years ago, but now heads have been turned after his odds were slashed from 25/1 to just 6/5 in in the Next Port Vale Manager Market.

Ince has had a mixed managerial career since entering into the dugout with Macclesfield in 2006. The former England midfielder kept the Silkmen in the Football League, before enjoying success at MK Dons, where he lifted both the League Two title and the Football League Trophy.

In 2008 Ince became the first black manager to take charge of a Premier League team, Blackburn, however his spell was cut short after just 17 league games, which produced only three wins.

Six months later Ince returned to MK Dons, lasting only a year, before becoming the new boss of Notts County, this time he was sent packing after less than six months, with his tenure ending after a club record nine game losing streak.

In his last job Ince was axed by Blackpool in early January 2014 after a rotten run of nine defeats in 10.

Whether Ince is the right man to rejuvenate a Vale side rock-bottom of the Football League without a win in nine games (D2 L7) is questionable, while his appearance at the summit of the betting is unlikely to inspire too many fans. However, with the unpopular Norman Smurthwaite at the helm you never know what it going to happen...


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