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Paul Ince’s Job Is Safe

Paul Ince will remain the manager of Blackburn Rovers. That was the message sent by club chairman John Williams yesterday when, in an astonishingly frank statement of support for his under-fire manager, he refused to offer a statement of support for his under-fire manager.

Goaded by reporters to declare his belief that Ince was the man to turn Blackburn’s season around, Williams refused to be drawn out, and revealed the extent of his commitment to the 41-year-old ex-Manchester United great by saying touchingly if with a merely improvisatory grasp of subject-verb agreement that “the board will make decisions it feels is in the best interests of the club.”

Williams then went on to confirm his long-term devotion to Blackburn by insisting that he couldn’t see beyond next Saturday, that he had no interest in the community, and that he would like nothing better than to see the owner drop the club.


Paul Ince’s Job Is Safe

by Brian Phillips · December 8, 2008

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