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Ince puts brave face on player shortage

Blackpool manager Paul Ince believes his side can be in the Championship promotion mix despite a chronic shortage of players.

The Seasiders may struggle to name a full squad for today's opening match against Doncaster and Ince hopes to bring in seven new signings.

Ince claims he and assistant Alex Rae saved the club from relegation when they joined in February, but he has set his sights higher this time.

The former England midfielder said: "We made our mark straight away by keeping the team up. The team was going down, they were in freefall.

"It's hard to make your mark when you've only got 12 or 13 senior players. It's going to be a tough season. When you look at the likes of QPR and Wigan and the amount of money they're spending, it's not easy. Budget-wise, we can't compete.


"You get three or four players in and go on a little run, who knows where it can take you? I don't think Hull or Cardiff were any better than us last year."

While Ince has been frustrated at a lack of signings, crucially the club have held on to his son Tom, who turned down a move to Premier League newcomers Cardiff.

The winger is one of the division's hottest talents, and Ince said: "He thinks it was the right decision, I think it was the right decision for him at this moment.

"I was kind of laughing under my breath to think that I'd probably got him for another season, but the transfer window doesn't shut until September 2, so once that's shut and he's still here, then I'll be happy."