New Blackpool boss Ince sets point target

Paul Ince watched Blackpool are Portman Road on Saturday. Photo: PA

Blackpool boss Paul Ince has set an interim target of 50 points after stepping into his new role at Bloomfield Road.

The 45-year-old's first task in charge is to motivate his new side back to winning ways when they take on Leeds in the npower Championship at Elland Road tomorrow night.

Ince, whose son Thomas has played for Blackpool for the last 14 months, wants to build a foundation after a period of uncertainty has seen the north west team lose managers Ian Holloway and Michael Appleton to other clubs since November.

"I think it's time for everyone to pull together now," Ince told the Blackpool Gazette.

"You look at the way the results have gone, it's time to turn things around.

"We haven't had back-to-back wins since August, which is amazing considering the talent we have in our squad.

"It's the time we all pull together, get the fans on our side and hopefully we'll all get to where we want to get to.

"But it will take time."

Ince agreed a one-year rolling contract at Blackpool in line with the established policy of chairman Karl Oyston and has refused to promise a play-off place and is instead focusing on security.

Blackpool lost their last league game 1-0 at Ipswich and have only won two of their last 10 Championship fixtures

"It's very hard to get out of this league," Ince said.

"At the moment we need to get to those 50 points.

"We need the support of the fans, like they've given the club all season.

"Once we get to the first target of 50 points, then we'll see what we can achieve."

Leeds, meanwhile, are in a period of uncertainty of their own after manager Neil Warnock confirmed he will be leaving at the end of the season, if not before.

The Whites boss is under increasing pressure from fans to quit as he looks increasingly unlikely to be able to mastermind a promotion challenge.

Chants of 'Warnock - time to go' rang out from the away end during Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup exit at the hands of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

Warnock, whose contract is up at the end of the season, said after his side's latest defeat that it is club owners GFH Capital's "prerogative" if they want to sack him before then.

However, with the match against Blackpool taking the focus away from off-the-field controversy, Warnock revealed he has received a boost as midfielder Paul Green looks set to return after missing out on Sunday with an ankle injury.

"Greeny went over his ankle," Warnock told leedsunited.com.

"He was desperately disappointed. He asked if he could have a late fitness test, but I said no. I would rather him be fit for Wednesday, and I would think we will have him back for then."

The Whites boss also confirmed there were no injury worries with Michael Brown and Ross McCormack, who were both replaced at half-time in Sunday's cup loss at the Etihad.

"I wanted to keep Browny and Ross for Wednesday," Warnock said.

"Browny is doing brilliant at the minute and he's played a lot of football, and Ross is obviously a big player for us and I want him for Wednesday."