Paul Ince, John Barnes & Managerial Vacancies

So, Paul Ince has been appointed as the manager of Blackburn Rovers, and I guess it’s progress of sorts that the majority of debate concerning his appointment has been on the subject of his relative lack of experience and his decision to take the Franchise shilling, rather than the colour of his skin. It is refreshing to see a Premier League club take on a manager from the lower divisions. You might not like Paul Ince (and how successful he has actually been is open to question – he was given massive amounts of money by Milton Keynes and anything other than winning last year’s League Two title would have been a pretty abject failure), but if he turns out to be a success in the Premier League, it doesn’t take an enormous leap of imagination to see him being linked with the England job after Fabio Capello fails to take England to the 2010 World Cup. I don’t, you’ll be unsurprised to hear, think that there is anything wrong with taking managers from the lower divisions. It’s easy to forget how much support modern Premier League managers get these days – a full raft of full-time professionals, trained and qualified to ensure that the players are fine-tuned to the same degree that modern racing cars are. The idea that, somehow, managing in the Premier League is more “difficult”...

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