LONDON - Former England captain Paul Ince was confirmed as manager of Championship club Blackpool on a one-year rolling contract yesterday.
Ince had been in talks with Blackpool for several days and the ex-Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder sat in the directors' box at Ipswich to see his new side's 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Seasiders' caretaker manager Steve Thompson revealed after the game that the 45-year-old was on the brink of agreeing a deal and Blackpool have now confirmed his appointment as successor to Michael Appleton, who left for Blackburn in January.
With his son Tom Ince a key figure in the Blackpool forward line, Ince senior has been an ever-present at the Seasiders' home games this season.
"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."
"I'm 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."
Ince, who has not managed since he left Notts County almost two years ago, had an unsuccessful six-month spell in charge of Blackburn during their time in the Premier League before being dismissed.
He started his managerial career at Macclesfield in 2006 and has had two spells with Milton Keynes Dons, who he led to promotion from League Two in 2008.