A blog is nothing if not a place to air some controversial opinions, so let me do just that. I think Blackburn have treated Paul Ince appallingly. OK, he’s not exactly my favourite character, and after the way he treated West Ham I suppose I might think he had it coming to him, but read on.
Ince’s career in football management so far has been pretty impressive. OK, Blackburn was his first tilt at a Premiership job, but how he wasn’t exactly given a lot of time to prove himself. Several of his best players were sold in the summer and there is no way he could be expected to build a team challenging for Europe in 17 games. Yes, their position in the Premiership looks fairly parlous, but is that really likely to improve by appointing Allardyce or Souness? Allardyce was not exactly a short term success at Newcastle, was he?
Those people who decided to appoint Paul Ince in the first place should examine their own abilities and judgement. They made the decision to appoint him. They decided he was the man for the job. Yet a mere four months later they reckon they got it wrong. have any of them paid for that apparent lack of judgement with their own jobs?
By this measure, Gianfranco Zola should be given the push too, yet I can’t think there are many at West Ham who would give that matter a second thought. If you appoint a new manager you have to give him time to develop and build their own team. There’s little doubt that Zola will want to shift out many of the current team and bring in his own players. That will take at least eighteen months if not longer to achieve.
Paul Ince should have been given that chance too.
I am now battening down the hatches and donning my tin helmet!