Blackpool turn down Paul Ince's resignation, say Sky sources

Paul Ince: Has offered to resign at Blackpool, say Sky sources

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Blackpool have turned down an offer of resignation from manager Paul Ince, according to Sky sources.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 45, took the reins at Bloomfield Road in February on a one-year rolling contract and saw them to a 15th-place finish in the Championship.

Following the news, Blackpool moved quickly to stress Ince remains in charge by using the club's official Twitter account to publish a photograph of him taking training.

Prior to replacing Michael Appleton as manager, Ince had been out of work since leaving Notts County in April 2011.

However, just two months after taking charge, Ince was linked with replacing Nigel Pearson at Championship rivals Leicester City after being a former target for the Foxes.

At the time he spoke of the need for stability at Blackpool after Appleton had only been at the helm for a couple of months after succeeding Ian Holloway.

After securing Blackpool's second-tier status, Ince outlined his intention to improve his squad during the summer months, but did not believe major surgery was required.

"It's going to be a rebuild, but it's not a major one," Ince told the Blackpool Gazette. "When I look at the core of the team, I'm very happy.

"It won't be a major operation on the team, but we want to move forward. There's at least four or five players I want to bring in. But I'm more than happy with what I've got here.

"Football's football, there will be players coming and going. But there's not a lot to change here. I don't want to dismantle the whole team."

Ince's biggest battle has been trying to keep his son Tom at Blackpool, with newly-promoted Cardiff City understood to have agreed a fee for the England Under 21 international winger.

Key men Ludovic Sylvestre, Alex Baptiste and Neal Eardley have left the club, while Kirk Broadfoot and Gary Taylor-Fletcher have yet to make a decision on their futures and Stephen Crainey is reported to be on the brink of joining Wigan.

Veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson did hand Ince a boost by recently signing a new contract after deciding against retirement.

Chris Basham, Craig Cathcart, Matt Gilks, Bob Harris, Angel Martinez, Isaiah Osbourne and Nathan Eccleston signed new contracts at the end of last season, while Ashley Eastham, Tiago Gomes, Elliot Grandin and Kevin Phillips were released.

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