Football - Ince eyes backroom appointment

Blackpool manager Paul Ince hopes to make an addition to his backroom staff ahead of Saturday's clash with Bristol City.

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Last week Ince brought in Alex Rae to work alongside the Seasiders' long-serving assistant Steve Thompson, who took caretaker charge in the wake of both Ian Holloway's and Michael Appleton's departures this season.

Ince's target remains unnamed, but he believes the coach in question can raise flagging standards at Bloomfield Road.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: "We are still working on another coach coming in. Hopefully in the next 48 hours we'll have some news on that. The person we looking at is a very, very good coach.

"I like to do a bit of coaching myself, but mainly on a Thursday and Friday - that's when I come into my own. At the moment I don't think the players have been coached much.

"Sometimes, when you manage, you see players making mistakes and you ask them why? They tell you they haven't been told what to do.

"It's important to get someone to this club who has high standards. It's important that we change the culture of this club. Everything we do must be done to the highest of standards. The people we bring in have to have big standards."

But Ince offered assurances that his plans include Thompson.

He added: "If there wasn't a place for Thommo, then he wouldn't be here now. I've never said to the chairman that I want to get rid of Thommo. He's very valuable to my team.

"If we can get my team in place, then I'll be a happy man, and Thommo is part of that."

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