ENGLAND’S FIRST black Premier League manager has today (February 18) been appointed as manager of Championship side Blackpool, the club have confirmed.
Paul Ince has agreed to join the Seasiders on a one-year rolling contract, where he will link up with his son, the England Under-21 forward Tom Ince.
Nicknamed ‘The Guv’nor’, the 45-year-old – who became the first black Premier League manager in June 2008 after taking the helm at Blackburn Rovers before being fired six months later – had his first training session with the Tangerines this morning.
Ince, who has also managed Macclesfield Town and has had two spells with MK Dons, has not been in charge of a side since Notts County, who he departed from in 2011.
A world-class midfielder who played from 1982 to 2007 – representing such teams as Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool – Ince also has the distinction of being the first black footballer to captain England, doing so in 1993.
Blackpool are currently 14th in the Championship and have been without a manager since Michael Appleton left for Blackburn on January 11 and Ince, who was capped 53 times by the Three Lions, cannot wait to get started at his new job.
“It’s great to be here. Considering I’ve watched the team play for the last 14 months, it’s strange sitting here as the manager, having obviously watched Blackpool as a fan as well as watching my son play,” Ince told Blackpool’s official website.
“I’m over the moon though and delighted, it’s great to be back on the training ground and great to be involved with, and in charge of, a great bunch of lads.
“I’ve worked with a lot of players and the spirit and togetherness of the lads is absolutely fantastic. I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity by (chairman) Karl Oyston.”
Ince’s appointment means that, along with Chris Hughton at Norwich City, Charlton Athletics’ Chris Powell and Edgar Davids at Barnet respectively, there are now four black managers in charge of football league clubs.