Paul Ince

What is Paul Ince doing now?

Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince, the self-proclaimed “Guvnor” retired from playing after a short spell as player-coach at Swindon Town in 2006.

A hard-working, tenacious defensive midfielder, Ince played at the top-level of football for 20 years including a two-year spell in Italy with inter Milan.

Domestically, he was most successful during his time playing for Manchester United where he won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice, the League Cup and also the European Cup Winners Cup.

He was also an integral part of the England national team’s midfield in the 1990’s winning 50 caps and representing the team in the 1996 European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
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Having already expressed a desire to go into club management when his playing days were over, Ince completed his coaching badges whilst still at Swindon and later that year was offered the job as player-manager of Macclesfield Town in 2006.

After a successful season with Macclesfield Town where he guided the team away from relegation he was offered and accepted the manager’s job at League Two side MK Dons.

Ince’s stock as a football manager gained momentum during his time at MK Dons as his side not only won the League Two title but also the Football League trophy.

Following his success at MK Dons, he was appointed as the new manager of Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2008 which made him the first black British manager in the top division.

Unfortunately his time at Ewood Park was not a success and his side won just three games in 17 and he was subsequently sacked after only six months.

In 2009 Ince returned to MK Dons for a second spell but he only stayed there for one season before joining Notts County. 

His time at Notts County was fraught with problems on the pitch and his side lost a club record nine games in a row before he was sacked in April 2011.

In February 2013, Ince was back in football management with Championship side Blackpool, on a rolling one-year contract where he teamed up with son Tom.

His tenure at Blackpool lasted just over a year and he was controversially sacked by the chairman via text message after a poor run of nine defeats in 10 matches.

In 2015 he successfully passed his UEFA Pro Licence which is the highest-level managerial qualification in football in Europe and allows him to manage any team in any European country.

Currently out of football management, he now works as a pundit and match analyst for the BBC and BT Sport where he often sits on the panel as part of their ‘Score’ programme.

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#One2Eleven (4-4-1-1 Formation)

Paul Ince was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section.

Paul Ince's One2Eleven

GK – Peter Schmeichel – on a different level, the best goalkeeper in the world during his time.

RB – Javier Zanetti – world class player who could play in many different positions and create and score goals.

LB – Roberto Carlos – huge thighs, great striker of a ball and brilliant at recovery runs.

CB – Gary Pallister – you’d never see anyone go past him with those telescopic legs.

Was quick and a ball player but should’ve scored more goals considering his height.

CB – Tony Adams – a colossal player, big character and leader.

Not the quickest but great at timing a tackle.

CM – Roy Keane – the complete midfield player. Inspirational and scored vital goals.

CM – Paul Gascoigne – without a doubt the best player I’ve played alongside.

RM – David Beckham – a true professional and technically the best player I’ve played with.

LM – Ryan Giggs – the best winger there will ever be.

No 10 – Eric Cantona – had an aura and presence about him, when he came to the club I knew we would win the title.

Striker – Alan Shearer – powerful and apart from the goals he could work the channels and his retention of the ball was fantastic.

Paul Ince: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forLiverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Wolves

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