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Blackburn appoint Ince as manager

Paul Ince
Ince's appointment is a landmark for the Premier League

Paul Ince has become the first black English manager in the Premier League after he was appointed Blackburn boss.

Ince, who has been given a three-year deal, was Rovers' number one target after Mark Hughes left Ewood Park.

In his first season with MK Dons, Ince, 40, got them to the League Two title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Frenchman Jean Tigana with Fulham and Ruud Gullit with Chelsea and Newcastle are the only other two black managers to have managed in the Premier League.

Ince will be officially presented as Blackburn's manager on Tuesday.

Last week the Premier League gave Rovers dispensation over Ince's failure to hold a Uefa Pro Licence.

The former West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool and England midfielder will be allowed two years to earn his licence.

In order to be a football manager in the top divisions of Spain, Italy, Germany and France, coaches must have the Uefa Pro Licence qualification.

The licence requires 240 hours of study and usually takes a year to gain.

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Watch new Blackburn boss Paul Ince in action for England at Euro 96

But in the past in England, special dispensations have been given to the likes of Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant and ex-Southampton boss Steve Wigley.

The League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan had insisted he would not lobby against Ince's appointment.

Former England manager Steve McClaren, ex-Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce and former Getafe coach Michael Laudrup had all been linked with the Rovers post.

1967: Born Ilford, October 21
1985: Joins West Ham as trainee
1989: After 93 appearances joins Man Utd for 1m
1993: Becomes first black player to captain England
1995: Joins Inter in 7m deal
1997: Joins Liverpool for 4.2m
1998: Plays in World Cup finals
1999: Leaves Liverpool for Boro for 1m
2002: Joins Wolves
2006: Takes first managerial role at Macclesfield
2007: Appointed MK Dons manager
2008: Leads MK Dons to League Two title and Johnstone's Paint Trophy
2008: June 22 - Appointed Blackburn boss on three-year contract
Ince moved to the Dons in June 2007 after keeping Macclesfield in the Football League.

His managerial achievements attracted the interest of Leicester City, who made an official approach to Milton Keynes for Ince's services earlier this month.

Ince is the latest former Manchester United star who played under Sir Alex Ferguson to manage in the Premier League.

Hughes is now at Manchester City, Steve Bruce at Wigan, while Roy Keane is Sunderland's boss.

Former Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher told BBC Radio Lancashire that Rovers targeted Ince because "they were looking for someone young, hungry, enthusiastic and with a big pull.

"Paul knew that he wanted to come, he's got the hunger and desire in his belly to be a good manager.

"He showed that at Macclesfield by how he managed to keep them up, and he brought a couple of trophies to MK Dons.

"So, it's a good achievement at a low level and hopefully he can bring some of that luck with him to Blackburn."

Gallacher conceded that Hughes would be "a hard act to follow" at Ewood Park.

But he added: "If Paul can keep the ship floating, keep the good players at the club, continue with the good work Mark has done and add his little bit in, Blackburn can only get stronger."

see also
Comment: Ince deserves chance
22 Jun 08 |  Football
Barnes battles for post as boss
23 Jun 08 |  Football
Paul Ince career photos
22 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Rovers get Ince licence exemption
20 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Bentley eager to leave Blackburn
15 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Blackburn link flattering - Ince
11 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Shearer declines Blackburn chance
11 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Blackburn job interests McClaren
07 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
McClaren good for Rovers - Mackay
06 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Mandaric waiting for word on Ince
06 Jun 08 |  Leicester
Leicester confirm Ince interest
05 Jun 08 |  Leicester
Hughes hard to replace - Garner
05 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Hughes becomes Man City manager
05 Jun 08 |  Man City
Blackburn in no rush for new boss
04 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
'Perfect' season for Ince at Dons
28 Apr 08 |  Milton Keynes

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