Another manager on the market in the summer
You know you wanna Ince!
Paul Ince will not so much be looking at holiday brochures but for a new job in the summer after he resigned yesterday as manager of Milton Keynes Dons for the second time in two years.
Ince, 42, stood down in the wake of the Coca-Cola League One club’s failure to reach the play-offs — and having been told about cost-cutting at stadium:mk — but will stay on for the final four matches of the season.
“Having discussed with the chairman the plans for next season, I don’t feel it will be possible to take the team forward as I would have liked due to the budget cutbacks that he [Pete Winkelman, the Dons chairman] is going to have to make,” he said. “I have enjoyed my time and will take some great memories from both spells here.”
Winkelman said: “Having increased our investment in the first-team squad this season to capitalise on the momentum Paul himself helped to create, we have felt it necessary to apply some prudence to next year’s budgets.
“Regrettably, Paul has made it clear that this decision would make it difficult for him to carry on and he has decided to step down as manager. This was entirely his decision.”
Ince will have to sit in the stands for the Dons’ final four fixtures because he received a five-match touchline ban from the FA on Thursday after being found guilty on two charges of improper conduct. He was sent off for contesting a decision made by Phil Crossley, the referee, during the 2-2 draw with Gillingham last month.
The stock of the former Manchester United midfield player has fallen rapidly since he left after his first spell at Milton Keynes. In 2008 he led them to promotion from League Two, as champions, and to victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
His departure from the Dons to manage Blackburn Rovers in June 2008, when he became the first black English manager in the top flight, ended after only 177 days.
His appointment had been widely welcomed. “This will elevate him to role-model status,” the Equality and Human Rights Commission said. “For young black men across Britain, this is certainly a good thing.”
Ince, who also played for West Ham United, Inter Milan and Liverpool, got off to a winning start at Blackburn, with a 3-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park. It was, though, one of only three wins in 17 league matches and he was dismissed in December after six successive defeats. “Three wins in 17 has seen a squad which finished seventh last season fall to nineteenth position,” John Williams, the Blackburn chairman, said at the time. “We are currently in real danger of becoming detached from the pack.”
The guv’nor’s past
Nov 1988 Scores twice as West Ham beat Liverpool 4-1 in League Cup.
May 1993 Helps Manchester United to end a 26-year wait for the league title.
June 1993 England’s first black captain in a match against the United States.
May 2003 Inspires Wolverhampton Wanderers to a return to the top flight after a 19-year absence.
May 2007 Helps Macclesfield Town avoid relegation in first managerial job.
May 2008 Leads the Dons to the Coca-Cola League Two title.
June 2008 Named Blackburn Rovers manager to become first black Briton to manage in top flight.
July 2010 West Ham uniteds next manager
August 1989 A newspaper publishes a picture of him in a United shirt before his transfer from West Ham.
May 1997 Inter lose on penalties to Schalke in the Uefa Cup final.
Sept 1998 Sent off as England lose 2-1 to Sweden in a Euro 2000 qualifying.
Dec 2008 Sacked by Blackburn.