Manager Set For First Home Game
Paul Ince has called on the fans to play a big part as he prepares for his first home game in charge tomorrow.
On the eve of Blackpool's clash with Leicester City, The Seasiders' new gaffer has set about trying to arrest a slump in results and he hopes that the backing of the supporters will breathe new life into the players.
"The fans have got to be our twelfth man and get us up and running. They're part of the unit with the players and staff and we're going to need them probably more than they realise," he said.
"We have a great bunch of fans and they've had some great times, with the team in the Premiership and nearly getting back there last season. The first we need to do now is get to 50 points because when you look at the stats we haven't been winning games all season. We haven't had back-to-back wins since August."
Ince has only been in the job for a matter of days but he already knows what's required, although most of the training ground work will come on the back of the weekend.
"The most important thing is to get the team organised and to try and get some belief and positivity back into them. We've got a good bunch of lads and some good players. If you get them organised and doing the right things, we'll get back to winning ways.
"You can't really change much when you come in on a Monday and you've got two games on a Wednesday and Saturday. All you can do really is pick out little things that you can change."
One thing that the new manager has changed so far though is lunchtime for the players, with all the lads now eating in Rowley's back at the stadium.
"When I was at Inter Milan we used to have lunch for two hours and just talk about football," Ince said. "That makes you a team and I want to get back to that team unity and togetherness. I'm not saying we didn't have it, but we had four people eating lunch, leaving and then another four. You lose that spirit together so I want to get that back," he added.
Just Bob Harris and Ian Evatt remain on the sidelines for tomorrow's match against Leicester City, as Pool look for their first win at Bloomfield Road since mid-December.