Ince was captain of Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough for three years in the Premier League and also featured one season with Wolves in the top-flight after promotion in his debut season at Molineux. Ince finished his playing career at Swindon Town, where he was player-coach, and Macclesfield Town, the latter also being the club that gave him his first step on the managerial ladder. In June 2007 Paul Ince was appointed manager of the rapidly-improving Milton Keynes Dons and under his leadership the Dons won the League Two championship as well as the Football League trophy at Wembley. On 22 June 2008 Ince's dream of managing in the Premiership came true at Blackburn Rovers. It was possibly the right club but at the wrong time. He lasted less than six months before being dismissed a few days before Christmas following a truly appalling run of bad results. Ultimately, it wasn't 'another club' that came looking for Ince; it was 'the same club', Milton Keynes Dons, in the summer of 2009. Their manager Roberto di Matteo had been lured away by West Bromwich Albion. Chairman Peter Winkelman's desire that Paul Ince should "build on the momentum he helped create" was very admirable even though it was only a few months after Ince had shown himself incapable of successfully managing a club in a division that was two rungs higher than League One's MK Dons. Although Ince had agreed a two-year deal on his return he left at the end of the first year because of budget cutbacks. On 28 October 2010 Ince returned to football management by signing a three-year deal with League One club Notts County. After five successive League defeats, Ince was sacked in April 2011.
After nearly two years out of active involvement in the game, Paul Ince was appointed to succeed Ian Holloway as manager of Blackpool on 18 February 2013. Fourteen Championship matches remained at the time of his appointment, of which his team won four, drew seven and lost three. Blackpool finished in fifteenth place, a few points above the three relegation places but also well behind the four play-off places.
ince was sacked as Blackpool manager on 21 January 2014 with the Lancashire club lying in 14th place in The Championship, having won only eight of its twenty-six matches in the 2013/14 season.
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30 July 1997 from Press Association.
BBC report on Valencia - Liverpool on 3 November 1998.
By Andy Hunter at the Guardian on 4 October 2008.
An article from World Soccernet on 23 July 1997.
From Reuters on 18th of July 1999.
Match report from The Telegraph on Liverpool on 05.05.1999.
Match report from Press Association on Liverpool - Blackburn on 29.11.1998.
Match report from Press Association on Valencia - Liverpool on 03.11.1998.
Paul Ince is less than complimentary on Liverpool's management duo. From Sunday People on 1st of August 1999.
Press Association match report on West Ham United - Liverpool on 27.09.1992.
Match report from Press Association on Wimbledon - Liverpool on 09.09.1997.
"I want Houllier to get the sack and take Thompson down with him. It's disgraceful the way Houllier has treated me and other players at the club. He comes from France and I can't even believe he's managed a team before because he certainly doesn't seem to know how to. It's okay coming out with all this technical stuff about the game but when it comes to managing players off the field as people he certainly doesn't seem to know how to."
Ince in 1999
"I thought to myself 'I can't believe I'm hearing this'. And I said to him: 'You've had months to tell me but you decided you were going to do it just before pre-season. I can't believe this - it's total crap! I just wanted to punch Houllier in the face. If I was younger I would have. He would have deserved it."
Ince wasn't happy when Houllier told him to leave Liverpool
"I love tackling, it's better than sex!"
"Ince should keep his mouth shut and get on with his new job of playing for Boro. Criticising Gerard Houllier was a bad thing for him to go and do. Someone of his experience should know better. It is players like Ince who have got Liverpool into trouble in the first place. Gerard has had a hard job to do at Anfield taking over a poor team and trying to rebuild it. He was right to get rid of Ince and get in Dietmar Hamann."
Steve McMahon jumped to the defence of Houllier and Phil Thompson after Paul Ince's outspoken attack
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|West Ham United||1986-1987||England First Division||10||1||11||1|
|West Ham United||1987-1988||England First Division||28||3||32||3|
|West Ham United||1988-1989||England First Division||33||3||49||8|
|West Ham United||1989-1990||England Second Division||1||0||1||0|
|Manchester United||1989-1990||England First Division||26||0||36||2|
|Manchester United||1990-1991||England First Division||31||3||47||3|
|Manchester United||1991-1992||England First Division||33||3||47||3|
|Manchester United||1992-1993||England Premier League||41||6||47||6|
|Manchester United||1993-1994||England Premier League||39||8||56||9|
|Manchester United||1994-1995||England Premier League||36||5||48||6|
|Inter Milan||1995-1996||Italy 1||30||3||35||3|
|Inter Milan||1996-1997||Italy 1||24||7||38||10|
|Middlesbrough||1999-2000||England Premier League||32||3||35||4|
|Middlesbrough||2000-2001||England Premier League||30||2||35||2|
|Middlesbrough||2001-2002||England Premier League||31||2||36||3|
|Wolves||2002-2003||England First Division||37||2||45||3|
|Wolves||2003-2004||England Premier League||32||2||35||2|
|Swindon Town||2006-2007||England League Division 2||3||0||3||0|
|Macclesfield||2006-2007||England League Division 2||1||0||1||0|