Blackpool baffled by Ince quit claims

Blackpool are bewildered by reports of manager Paul Ince offering his resignation.

The London Evening Standard says the 45-year-old is understood to have taken training yesterday morning at the club’s pre-season training base in Portugal and to have discussed transfer targets with the club’s chairman Karl Oyston.

Oyston has received no indication from Ince that he wants to leave, despite the club’s message boards being rife with rumours in the past few weeks.

The relationship between Ince and Oyston is a challenging one, with the former Manchester United, Liverpool and England midfielder far less comfortable with the chairman’s wheeler-dealer methods and reluctance to spend than Ian Holloway was.

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