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Kidd praises blooming Ince

Simon Stone

Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd is not surprised to see Notts County boss Paul Ince making a name for himself in the management game.

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Although, like Kidd himself, Ince did not have the greatest of times as manager at Blackburn, the former England star's reputation is blossoming in the lower leagues.

It comes from a character Kidd helped to forge when they shared common goals at Manchester United -- Ince as a midfield schemer in Alex Ferguson's first title-winning team, and Kidd as the Scot's assistant.

And it is no shock to Kidd that Ince has masterminded an FA Cup fourth-round replay against big-spending City following their stalemate at Meadow Lane three weeks ago.

"Paul is doing a cracking job down there," said Kidd. "He is very knowledgeable, and very passionate, as he was as a player. You can see him on the touchline.

"I am sure he will do really well. Looking back, Blackburn will turn out to be a great experience for him. He will be stronger for it."

Kidd believes Ince has clearly benefited from his time spent in a star-studded Old Trafford dressing room.

"When you look at who came through when I was at United, you can see the mentality they were brought up in. They wanted to win. But they also loved football. It was not a money thing," said Kidd.

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