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Leicester confirm Ince interest

Paul Ince
Paul Ince took MK Dons to the League Two title last season

Leicester City have made an official approach to MK Dons to speak to Paul Ince about becoming their new manager.

The Foxes confirmed their request after the Dons issued a statement on the club's official website on Wednesday.

It said: "This is not the first time we have had interest in Paul's services and it comes as no surprise to find ourselves at this juncture again.

"Paul is currently on a family holiday and we will address the situation with him upon his return."

Ince guided the Dons to the League Two title last season, and they also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker told BBC Radio Leicester he is not surprised clubs are interested in his former England team-mate.

"I'm surprised it's taken someone so long of the summer really for his name to be mentioned and someone to make an official approach," said Parker.

"The question is will he leave or will he stick with what he's done with MK Dons?"

Ince, who began his managerial career at Macclesfield in October 2006, has also been linked with the Blackburn job following Mark Hughes' switch to Manchester City. But Parker does not think Ince will make the jump to the Premier League just yet.

"I think I know Paul reasonably well," said Parker. "Does he want to jump or does he still want to do his homework and still build and still learn really?

"Maybe jumping to Blackburn might be one that might be a step too quick for him, to be perfectly honest."

Leicester suffered their first-ever relegation to English football's third tier in May, dropping out of the Championship under manager Ian Holloway.

see also
Mandaric sets mid-June deadline
28 May 08 |  Leicester
Leicester & Holloway part company
23 May 08 |  Leicester
Ince wins final League Two award
08 May 08 |  Milton Keynes
'Perfect' season for Ince at Dons
28 Apr 08 |  Milton Keynes
Ince thrilled after title triumph
27 Apr 08 |  Milton Keynes
Holloway appointed Leicester boss
22 Nov 07 |  Leicester
Bolton target Megson leaves Foxes
24 Oct 07 |  Leicester
Megson excited by Leicester job
13 Sep 07 |  Leicester
Allen ends brief Leicester reign
29 Aug 07 |  Leicester
Allen named new Leicester manager
25 May 07 |  Leicester

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