Manager Focused On Preparations & Strengthening
Paul Ince insists that it's 'business as usual' as he continues his attempts to strengthen the Blackpool squad ahead of the new season.
The Seasiders' manager has now linked-up with the first-team in Portugal for warm weather training, having started the week watching the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey as part of his UEFA Pro Licence.
"It's been a bit of a rush, to say the least, but it was important for me that I got over to Portugal," he told the official website. "I think the course went on for another day extra but it's important for me to be over here, especially when you've got a few trialists in and a couple of young kids. I'm glad I got to make at least two or three days over here."
Well aware of the recruitment task ahead, Ince has been forever on the phone since touching down in the Algarve and is in constant discussion with the chairman.
"We're going to have to try and bring in seven or eight players in the space of three weeks and try and get them used to the way we're playing. It will take time," he admitted. "We just have to get on with it, I want to be competitive, I want a competitive team and I want to go into every game next year thinking we've got a chance of winning.
"Therefore, because we're short on numbers, you can't just jump to anyone that's free and that wants to come to Blackpool. The chairman understands where I'm at with it, and my relationship with the chairman is fantastic, second to none. One on one we get on really great.
"As a manager you have different opinions and we'd never agree on everything," he continued. "We agree on most things but we'll never agree on everything. Some of the things he thinks are right, I think are wrong and probably vice-versa. That's part of the relationship you have with people, you have to put your views across and ultimately he makes the final decision.
"That doesn't deter from the fact that we really get on well as a manager and a chairman and at the moment we're trying our best to try and bring in some quality players," he added.
An in-depth interview with the manager will be available to watch in two parts on our official YouTube channel later this evening.