Blackpool sack Paul Inceby Jack Kitson / 21 January 2014, 14:48Tweet
Blackpool have axed manager Paul Ince after less than a year in charge of the Championship club. The decision comes after an atrocious run of form, which has seen the Seasiders lose nine and draw one of their last ten games in all competitions. Meanwhile Tangerines player Barry Ferguson will be placed in temporary charge of the first team for their match against Doncaster on Saturday.
News broke on Sunday that Ince was on the brink of the sack, and now, following widespread speculation, he has been shown the exit door after talks with chairman Karl Oyston, who is desperate to put a halt to the club’s shocking losing streak.
Ince was appointed manager back in February 2013 and steered the club to a 15th place finish. Performances improved under the former Blackburn Rovers boss who lost only three of 14 games during the final third of the 2012/13 season.
At the start of the current campaign Ince led Blackpool to their best-ever start to a league season, after recording 16 points from the club’s opening six games. A run of just three wins from 11 games followed, before the cracks really started to show at the start of December, with a defeat to Yeovil starting an abysmal run of form, which has seen the club pick up just one point from their last nine games. Saturday's 2-0 defeat at basement club Barnsley has ultimately proved to be Ince’s final game at the helm.
Ferguson has emerged as the early favourite in the Next Blackpool Manager Market. The midfielder has no managerial experience but is expected to be given a chance to prove himself, although after this weekend’s match at home to Doncaster the club have a tough run of fixture against the likes of Reading, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest. Other names in the mix for the vacancy at this stage include Steve Thompson, Owen Coyle and Paul Hartley.