Paul Ince took charge of his first home match since being appointed Blackpool manager and in doing so earned a draw against promotion-chasing Leicester City. Here are my thoughts on the match…
After a managerial search enduring close to six weeks, Karl Oyston finally acted today to appoint Michael Appleton’s successor. The new man in the Bloomfield Road hotseat is a matchday regular, with Paul Ince often in attendance to watch over his son Tom. What took so long for Ince Snr. to be installed, and what sort of challenge does the incoming manager face?
Another deadline day passes for Blackpool Football Club and so time to reflect on what happened, what didn’t happen, and what it means for the future direction of the club. Some will be satisfied that Tom Ince, Alex Baptiste and Matt Phillips were retained despite widespread interest. Some will be dissatisfied that the squad has not been strengthened with permanent signings or high profile loan acquisitions. Many will accept that the jury is out on the two loan arrivals – Matt Derbyshire and Reece Wabara – with both having performed to varying success at League One strugglers Oldham Athletic.
Picking through the debris, what can be deduced from the January transfer window, and should Blackpool fans have cause for concern?