Paul Ince Becomes Blackburn Rovers Boss

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IJune 22, 2008

So in a minor break from the European Championships, Paul Ince has been named as Mark Hughes's successor at Ewood Park.

The Premiership winners of 1995 have a habit of appointing home-based managers and in a move that will please the LMA, the brightest young English manager has been handed the task of establishing Rovers in the top six.

Mark Hughes recently jumped ship to Manchester City, so the names that could replace him began flooding in. Shearer, Alldardyce, Ten Cate, McClaren, Ladrup and Ince. Only the latter two really seemed right for the Rovers role.

Ladrup who has had many successes in Spain and abroad would have brought something new to Rovers dimension but with Ince would come guaranteed passion and new methods.

The very fact Ince is English will have no doubt swung it in the former United midfielder's way but now he joins more of Fergie's disciple's in the EPL.

Ince began his managerial career at Macclesfield Town with the League Two side glued to the foot of the table. They were seven points adrift of safety but a nine-match unbeaten run saw them beat the drop—and Ince's stock dramatically rose.

Soon after this, he was unveiled as Milton Keynes' new manager. The side formerly known as Wimbledon were languishing but under the former Inter man, they gained automatic promotion to League One.

During this time at Milton Keynes, Ince secured his first piece of managerial silverware. His side defeated Grimsby 2-0 to win the Football League Trophy at Wembley.

So now he's been appointed to an EPL side and subsequently he is the first black Englishman to manage in the top flight.

Blackburn will hope to thrive under their new gaffer and if he can retain the services of wantaway Bentley and Santa Cruz, then Rovers will be in contention to mount a UEFA Cup bid for next season.

Well there's a "real" article for you Bleacher but check back later as virtual Euro 08 swings into action yet again with Group B the centre piece.

How do you think Ince will fare in the big time?