Blackpool could hire broadcast van to stream Blackburn game to banned boss Ince

By Jack Gaughan


Blackpool are weighing up whether to hire a broadcasting truck to stream their game against Blackburn Rovers for suspended manager Paul Ince.

The Seasiders take on their Lancashire rivals at Bloomfield Road on Saturday but Ince won’t be there.

The 45-year-old is serving the second of his five-match stadium ban for violent conduct towards a fourth official at Bournemouth on September 14 – the extent of which was revealed by Sportsmail before an FA report condemned his language and behaviour.

Banned: Ince is currently serving a five-match stadium ban after being found guilty of violent conduct

Banned: Ince is currently serving a five-match stadium suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct

Ince said Blackpool are considering two options which would allow him to watch the game in full and feed coaching staff with relevant titbits throughout.

That’s exactly what happened against Wigan Athletic last weekend, although the operation proved far easier given the 1-0 win was live on Sky Sports.

Blackpool aren’t afforded such luxuries this time around and are debating whether to stream the match at Ince’s home or send the boss to a studio in Cheshire.

Imposters: Blackpool fans wear Ince masks for last Saturday's match against Wigan Athletic

Imposters: Blackpool fans wear Ince masks for last Saturday's match against Wigan Athletic

‘We’re thinking about getting a van outside my house, setting it up there so we can stream it,’ Ince said. ‘There’s a Sky Sports studio in Wilmslow that I might go to and watch it.

‘We’re just wondering which is going to be easier for me.’

Assistant manager Alex Rae and first team coach Steve Thompson are taking charge of team affairs.

During the Wigan match Ince was in constant contact with a coach in the stands who then relayed messages to Rae. The club plan to do the same this time around.


Paul Ince was given a five-match stadium ban after his astonishing rant during a 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

Fourth official Mark Pottage claimed Ince repeatedly shouted ‘I will knock you f****** out, you c***’, while referee Oliver Langford described how Ince’s eyes were ‘bulging’ as stewards dragged him away.

Pottage told how he was called a ‘f****** w****r’ for bringing the incident that led to the dismissal — when Ince threw a plastic bottle to the ground and it bounced against a female steward — to the referee’s attention.

He added: ‘After the final whistle, the referee and assistants entered the tunnel area and Mr Ince asked why he had been sent to the stand. He then said: “And where’s your busy f***** of a fourth?”

‘I was immediately behind him and said: “I’m here.” Mr Ince turned round, looked me in the eyes and violently shoved me by pushing me with two hands on my chest, making me slightly lose my balance and banging my back into the wall.

‘The stewards quickly stepped in and tried to usher Mr Ince towards his team’s dressing room.

‘As they were doing this, he shouted to me, saying: “I’ll knock you f****** out, you c***”, repeatedly in an aggressive manner.’

Ince was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £500 costs as well as being banned for five games. He admitted swearing at Pottage but categorically denied using the c-word. However, under examination by his counsel Paul Gilroy, Ince subsequently admitted saying to Pottage, ‘I’ll f****** knock you out.’