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Paul Ince's Biography

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Who is Paul Ince?

Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince was born on 21 October 1967 in Ilford.

Paul Ince was an authoritative midfield marshal and became known as "The Governor".

In 1993, Paul Ince became the first black England captain (in a match against USA). He was capped 53 times for England.

In his extensive career Paul Ince played for West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town.

At the end of the 2004/2005 season, after Glenn Hoddle's appointment as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club enjoyed a resurgence and captain Paul Ince was crucial to their 18-game unbeaten run.

Paul Ince had been injured but since his return in early 2005, Wolves did not lose a game in the league.

However, Ince's stay at Wolves ended in bitterness when the club made clear to him that they did not require his services on the coaching side after the appointment of Mick McCarthy as manager.

Paul Ince said: "They [Wolverhampton Wanderers] do not seem to value my involvement on the coaching side, whereas other potential clubs have."

In August 2006, Paul Ince joined Swindon Town on a one-year deal.

The move was delayed because with Ince on board Swindon were near to breaking the rule that League Two clubs are not allowed to spend more than 60% of their turnover on player wages.

However, in October 2006, it was announced that Swindon were cancelling Paul Ince's contract by mutual consent. Ince had found the travel time from his home in Chester too great a strain. He would nevertheless continue to perform a coaching role at Swindon alongside Dennis Wise.

In the winter of 2006 Paul Ince became manager of the League's bottom side Macclesfield Town of Division 2.

On 5 May 2007, under Paul Ince's management, Macclesfield emerged safe in the Coca-Cola Football League Two.

However, in June 2007, Paul Ince felt the need to move on and joined Milton Keynes Dons as their new manager.

On 30 March 2008, Paul Ince gained his first trophy as a manager when MK Dons beat Grimsby in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

In June 2008 Paul Ince was appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers. Ince, therefore, became the first black English manager in the Premier League.

However, on 16 December 2008, Paul Ince was sacked as manager of Blackburn after less than six months in charge, in which time the club had managed just three wins in 17 games.

He returned to MK Dons in July 2009, but, in April 2010, he announced his resignation to take place at the end of the season.

In October 2010, Paul Ince was appointed manager of Notts County, however he only lasted five months before leaving the club by mutual consent in April 2011.

On 18 February 2013, he was appointed manager of Blackpool. However, he left in January of the following year.

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