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Gaffer: Thomas Is Happy Here

Posted: Sat 13 Jul 2013
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Manager On Son's Decision To Stay

Blackpool manager Paul Ince says that his son Thomas is more than happy to carry on enjoying his football at Bloomfield Road.   

News broke yesterday that the winger had opted to turn down a move to Premier League new boys Cardiff City, following talks in the Welsh capital earlier this week.

The Seasiders' boss accompanied his son on the trip and was nothing but complimentary about his counterpart Malky Mackay.  

"We obviously had a chat with Cardiff and Malky Mackay expressed how much he wanted Thomas," he told the official website. "We went down to see them and Malky's ambitious, you can tell by the players he's trying to buy and for the amount of money he wants to buy them for. 

"They showed us around the training ground and the stadium and it was great. It's a fantastic place Cardiff and Malky is not just a great manager but a lovely, lovely fella. The deal they offered him was fantastic but for Thomas it wasn't about that, he just wants to play football and make the right decisions at the right time."

A big factor in his decision not to move came on Thursday, when Ince Jnr became a father for the very first time.  

"He just feels that he's enjoyed his two years at Blackpool - he really, really has - and he feels that it wasn't the right time to move down to Cardiff. He's just had a little girl on Thursday - Halle Rae Ince - so his emotions are a bit up and down. He's a sensible lad, a grounded lad and he just wants to be with his baby," the manager explained. 

"There's no reason for him to want to jump ship straight away, he's a young kid and he's got plenty of time to play in the Premiership. He will play in the Premiership, whether it's now or next year. 

"It was solely his decision. I'll advise him and tell him what I think but he's a dad now and he's got to take responsibilities. He declined it because he wanted to spend another year at Blackpool where he's enjoyed his football."

Paul Ince was speaking after The Seasiders drew 1-1 with Morecambe in a behind closed doors fixture at Squires Gate. The latest run-out allowed him to play the likes of Thomas, Barry Ferguson and Gary MacKenzie for a good 60 minutes. 

"When you play these games you're chopping and changing and the most important thing was to get the players who started the game 60 minutes," he said. "There's always a process in these games where you go from 45, 60, 75 and then 90 minutes. It's early doors and it's only the start of pre-season, there's about another three weeks until the season starts. 

"You just want to see how quickly the players can get back their mentality from last year, that's the most important thing. People look at things fitness wise and at technical stuff but the biggest thing for me is how quickly they can recover and get that mentality back from last year, when we stayed up and won so many games. I think we're a little bit of a way off it," he added.