I Wish congratulations to Paul Ince of his promotion to be the new manager of Blackburn Rovers but I believe it has come too soon.
He showed much promise and much delight as he has just won a respectable double with the MK Dons. MK Dons finished above Darren Fergusons Peterborough to clinch the League Two title and defeated Grimsby in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy Final. A remarkable success.
He performed the mission impossible with Macclesfield as he somehow saved them from Football league extinction, especially being, at one point, 14 points of relegation.
Ince’s playing record is very impressive as he has played for West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool, and Middlesbrough before finishing his playing career at Wolves and he will take those experiences with him into management.
The disappointing thing is that he does not have the correct coaching badges to be a certified manager in the top flight and I was surprised the league allowed that. Gareth Southgate was able to coach without those badges but his appointment was from within the club as opposed as stealing him from another club.
The First Black English Manager to take charge of a top-flight club will be the Guv’nor. An incredible talent of the highest regard, his leadership of men with prosper and he can join the list of successful managers who has played under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Steve Bruce, predecessor Mark Hughes, Alex McLeish, Gordon Strachan have all achieved success at the highest level and I really hope Ince does.
Blackburn chose him as they look for continuity, someone who will take the helm for the next five to ten years to start a rapport with the fans and the current board. Try to relive those unbelievable successfully days when they won the Premiership in 1995, and success with the Carling Cup.
Mark Hughes have done a sublime job and cleaned up a real mess that was left by Graeme Souness. Paul Ince has the chance to continue that work and stamp his authority.
David Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz is vital to next seasons success, he must keep hold of them if the team can move forward.