Paul Ince has spoken of his delight after being named the new Blackpool manager earlier today, signing a one-year rolling contract.
The 45-year-old has been without a club since he left Notts County in April 2011, but has spent the past 14 months following Blackpool closely and taking in the majority of the club's matches from the stands.
Ince has been able to watch games from a different perspective of late, but admits he is now excited by a return to management.
"I’m over the moon though and delighted, it’s great to be here back on the training ground and great to be involved with, and in charge of, a great bunch of lads," said Ince.
"I’ve been quite frustrated to be fair because when I look back on my short period of time as a manager we’ve had some good times and some bad times and you learn from your bad times.
"I’ve still got a 43% win ratio, which is fairly good so to be out for such a period of time has been quite frustrating but the wife’s happy as it gets me out of the house. I think she’s happier than I am!"
Ince met the players formally for the first time this morning as he took his first training session and is looking forward to working with what he describes as a "great bunch of lads."
"They’ve gone through a hard spell in the past few months and that’s shown if you look at the results.
"They haven’t won as many games as they would have liked and I think that’s down to managers coming in and out and the lads probably didn’t know if they were coming or going.
"There has been a lot of turmoil, which has reflected, not necessarily in their performances, but in their results.
"It’s early doors, but when I’ve seen them over the past 14 months one thing that goes without saying is that there is an unbelievable spirit about the lads."