Paul Ince has shrugged off suggestions now could be the time for him to quit Blackpool, and insists he remains as determined as ever to succeed.
The former England international is set to celebrate a year in charge of the Bloomfield Road club next month, but he is currently enduring a difficult time at the Lancashire club. Despite a good start to the season the Tangerines have lost eight of their last nine fixtures, a run which has seen them slip down to 14th in the league table.
Their worries stretch beyond their Championship campaign as they also crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage, and all this has led to suggestions Ince could be about to quit the club. However, the 46-year-old insists such thoughts have not entered his head, and he remains as determined as ever to make a success of the job.
“It’s tough but I love being Blackpool manager,” he told the Blackpool Gazette. “I love my players and the fans are great. I’m going to roll my sleeves up and work hard. I’m not one to shirk a challenge and I have to rise to meet this one. The chairman is strong and I’m strong, and I want to turn it round. The chairman is supporting me. He came out in the paper and said that. If I felt things weren’t right I’d be out the door, don’t worry about that.”
Whilst a playoff position was the order of the season for Blackpool, their recent poor form means they are now seven points adrift of sixth place. Ince will hope to get their campaign back on track on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to bottom club Barnsley.