Paul Ince

Paul Ince was most recently the manager of Blackpool.

Ince has approached management in the same head-on style that made him one of the highest achieving players of his generation.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder has accepted challenges ranging from rescuing Macclesfield to taking charge of Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.

Along the way he has broken new ground as the first black captain of England and then, at Ewood Park, the first black Briton to manage a team in the top flight.

After early coaching experience with Swindon, Ince became player-manager of Macclesfield in October, 2006. He inherited a team seven points adrift at the bottom of League Two, but performed an escape act which stretched to the last day of the season as the Silkmen preserved their Football League status.

Paul, who wound up his playing career after a drawn game with Notts County in May, 2007, moved to Milton Keynes Dons the following month. Again he made an instant impact, winning the Football League trophy and securing promotion as League Two champions.

Ince also collected four manager of the month awards during his first two seasons as a boss.

He was then appointment by Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League the following summer. Ince's reign lasted 177 days amid much debate over whether he had been allowed enough time with a club which had climbed into the upper echelons of the Premier League under predecessor Mark Hughes.

Paul Ince was reappointed manager of MK Dons on July 3, 2009 and he spent one more season with the club before departing at the end of 2009/10.

He was then confirmed as the new manager of Notts County on October 28, 2010 and remained with the club until April 2011. He later joined Blackpool during the 2012/13 season.

Ilford-born Ince launched his playing career with boyhood favourites West Ham before joining Manchester United where he won six trophies, including the FA Cup in his first season and a domestic double in 1994. He was also a mainstay of the side that landed the European Cup Winners Cup in 1991.

After his leading part in the launching of a new dynasty under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, where the long wait for the league title was ended in 1993, Ince was sold to Inter Milan in 1995.

The 53-cap England international went on to play for Liverpool and Middlesbrough - under former United team-mate Bryan Robson - before helping Wolves back to the top flight in 2003.

He is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (7)
  • personal-awards
    • Blackpool:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2013-08-01)
    • MK Dons:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2008-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2007-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2007-10-01)
    • Macclesfield Town:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2006-12-01)
  • promotions
    • MK Dons:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola League One, (2008-04-26)
  • domestic-trophies
    • MK Dons:
      • Johnstone Paint Trophy Winners, (2008-03-31)
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