45 Facts About Paul Ince


Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince is an English professional football manager and former player who was most recently manager of EFL Championship side Reading.


Paul Ince spent the majority of his playing career at the highest level; after breaking through with his then-Second Division boyhood club West Ham United, he joined Manchester United in 1989 where he would win the Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice and the Football League Cup once during his six year spell at Old Trafford.


Paul Ince went on to manage Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and, after an almost-two-year break, Blackpool.


Paul Ince was capped 53 times by England, scoring two goals.


Paul Ince was spotted playing, aged 12, by West Ham manager John Lyall around the time that the club was in the Second Division and achieved a surprise FA Cup final triumph over Arsenal.


Paul Ince signed for the Hammers as a trainee, aged 14.


Paul Ince is a product of the West Ham youth team and made his debut in English football on 30 November 1986 against Newcastle United in the First Division.


Paul Ince packed a powerful shot, and was awarded with England under-21 honours to go with the youth caps he acquired as an apprentice.


West Ham lost to Luton Town in the semi-finals and, despite frequent displays of individual brilliance from Paul Ince, were relegated at the end of the season, a disappointment which cost manager John Lyall his job after 15 years at the helm.


West Ham's relegation sparked inevitable speculation that Paul Ince would be sold to a First Division club, with Manchester United being among the clubs being linked to Paul Ince's signature.


Paul Ince had been photographed in a Manchester United kit long before the transfer was complete, which appeared in the Daily Express.


Paul Ince received abuse from West Ham United fans for many years afterwards.


Paul Ince became a strong presence in the United midfield alongside Bryan Robson and Neil Webb, although the first season of this midfield partnership saw Robson and in particular Webb miss many games due to injury.


In both of these games, Paul Ince was selected at right-back in favour of Viv Anderson, with his favoured central midfield position being occupied by Mike Phelan.


Meanwhile, Paul Ince became United's key midfielder, with snapping tackles, raking passes and some tremendously hit shots, though he was not too prolific a goalscorer.


Paul Ince won his second winners' medal when United defeated Barcelona in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in Rotterdam in 1991 and received his third another year later when United beat Nottingham Forest in the 1992 League Cup final.


Ferguson had long sustained a tempestuous relationship with Paul Ince, labelling him a "bottler" and a "big-time Charlie".


Many fans saw this as the prime reason for Paul Ince being sold, rather than on footballing or economic grounds.


Paul Ince had collected runners-up medals in the League Cup twice and the FA Cup once.


Paul Ince scored in the third round second-leg match away to Boavista as Inter swept all before them before meeting Schalke 04 in the final.


Paul Ince was offered a new, improved contract by club president, Massimo Moratti, despite having two and a half years left on his current contract.


In July 1997, Paul Ince returned to England, joining Manchester United's rivals Liverpool.


Paul Ince fell out with Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier in the summer of 1999, when he attempted to sign Marc-Vivien Foe without consulting him.


Paul Ince was signed by his former Manchester United midfield partner Bryan Robson.


Paul Ince received 11,9 and 10 yellow cards in his three respective seasons.


In July 2002, Paul Ince left Boro after turning down a two-year contract extension, citing the long commute from his home in the northwest.


Paul Ince played 106 games for Boro, scoring nine goals.


Paul Ince made history during tour of the US when, on his seventh cap against the host nation on 6 June 1993, he became England's first black captain in the absence of David Platt and Tony Adams.


Paul Ince was selected in the England squad for the finals in France.


When Batty himself was sent off against Poland, Paul Ince returned for the playoff against Scotland.


Paul Ince publicly said that he would not follow Alan Shearer into international retirement, given that he did not want to end his England career on a low note.


Paul Ince said he would remain for his coaching badges.


On 23 October 2006, Paul Ince was confirmed as the new player-manager of Macclesfield Town in succession to Brian Horton.


Paul Ince joined Macclesfield with the club bottom of League Two, seven points off their nearest rivals.


On 4 January 2007 Paul Ince was named as League Two Manager of the Month for December.


Paul Ince was unveiled as the new Milton Keynes Dons manager along with his assistant Ray Mathias and fitness coach Duncan Russell on 25 June 2007.


Paul Ince was named as League Two Manager of the Month in October and December 2007, and again in April 2008.


Paul Ince had been with Blackburn only 177 days, one of the shortest reigns of a Premier League manager.


On 3 July 2009, Paul Ince signed again for Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal.


Paul Ince returned to management on 28 October 2010, signing a three-year deal with Notts County.


Paul Ince had been watching the team, for which his son Tom played, in person for over a year.


Under Paul Ince, Blackpool made their best-ever start to a league season.


Paul Ince left Blackpool on 21 January 2014, after less than a year in charge, becoming their fourth-shortest-serving manager in their history.


In May 2022, Paul Ince was given the manager's job on a permanent basis along with assistant Alex Rae who was given a permanent role.


On 1 November 2010, Paul Ince put through a two-month loan deal to bring Tom to Notts County and on 3 August 2011 Tom signed a two-year contract with Blackpool.