Rovers supremo reveals Ince badges plan

Rovers supremo reveals Ince badges plan

Blackburn chairman John Williams has revealed new manager Paul Ince will start taking steps towards his coaching badges “very quickly”.

After learning his trade with League Two sides Macclesfield and MK Dons, Ince has been given dispensation by the Premier League to gain the mandatory UEFA Pro Licence in two years.

The former England midfielder, who has a three-year deal at Ewood Park, intends to enrol on courses run by the Football Association.

Williams said: “Paul will be on a course very quickly – they are virtually non-stop. It is a very tight timeline, a very disciplined timeline and the fact it is now embodied into his contract of employment is testimony to how serious he takes it.

“He realises the significance and importance of having the qualifications. He will be doing his B licence, A licence then Pro licence.

“These things are sequential and Paul needs to be in a position to start the Pro licence in the summer of 2010. In order to do that it will be nose to the grindstone for him from day one.”

Ince has thanked the board for securing a two-year window from the league to enable him to get the correct qualifications.

He said: “The chairman has worked very hard to get the green light. It would have been very easy for him with the problems regarding the badges to go and get someone else.

“But he pursued the matter and has given me an opportunity, which is fantastic.”

Like previous Blackburn manager Mark Hughes, Ince made his name as a player at Manchester United and Williams said: “There are clear parallels between the two of them. The Mark model was successful and to some extent that is something we have repeated.

"Paul came through as the outstanding candidate. He was our number one choice. He had two years at the coal face, serving his apprenticeship in the lower leagues, and been successful.

“I do not think there is any doubt he is a manager players respect.”

Ince’s first job when the players report back for pre-season training on July 7 will be to try to persuade unsettled England winger David Bentley to stay.

There has been continued speculation that Bentley will follow Hughes to Manchester City.

Ince is also aiming to beef up the squad after being assured of some transfer funds.

Williams added: “We support our managers to the extent we can in this modern era. We are not one of the league’s big spenders. We have to get great value for our pound.

“But we will spend every penny we have and some pennies we haven’t got to support the manager.”

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