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Rae: It Shouldn't Change Anything

Posted: Fri 18 Oct 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

Rae Previews Wigan Game

With Paul Ince’s five match ban starting on Saturday when Wigan visit Bloomfield Road, it allows Alex Rae and Steve Thompson the opportunity to test themselves in the hot seat.

The pair will be in joint control for games with Athletic, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Birmingham.

They will be in control of the key decisions on the touchline, but will also have constant contact with Ince.

“The manager will be watching the game on the TV and there will be someone in the stand who he can contact, so that information will be fed down to us,” Rae said.

“It will be really difficult for him; there is a lot of emotion attached to the game. 

“There will be benefits of him watching on the TV. He will get replays, which you wouldn’t normally get on a match day, so he will get a proper view of what is happening on the pitch.”

The Blackpool coach, Rae, has managed before, for two years at Dundee. 

Meanwhile, Thompson has been in the Pool hot seat as caretaker manager, for two games in 2012, before a further eight earlier this year, until Ince joined the club. 

It means Ince has left his team in capable hands, but Rae insists it shouldn’t have much of an effect on the players. 

“It shouldn’t change anything for the players as soon as they cross that white line. They’ve made their own preparations. There have been managers over the course of my career that have fallen ill.

“Obviously the manager won’t be here, but me and Thomo have managed ourselves so it is a case of us getting the best out of the players.

“If we get the Manager of the Month we’ll be keeping it, me and Thomo will share it. If we win four out of five there only be one person taking credit. If we get beat four out of five there is only one person getting the blame,” he added.