Former Reading Boss Set For League Two Role

Paul Ince has emerged as a surprise candidate to fill the vacant manager position at Salford City, according to a report in The Football League Paper. 

The League Two outfit, famously owned by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’, recently parted company with Neil Wood and Ince is reportedly on the shortlist. 

According to the report, Ince is joined on the shortlist by former Charlton Atheltic manager Dean Holden and ex-Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst. 

The Ammies find themselves in 21st place, just six points above the relegation spots having gone nine games without a league victory. 

After a successful playing career with teams such as Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool, the former England captain began his managerial career by saving Macclesfield from relegation from the Football League. 

His early success continued as he led MK Dons to the League Two title and claimed the Football League Trophy. 

An ill-fated spell with Premier League Blackburn Rovers followed before a return to Stadium MK and a short spell with Notts County.  Championship side Blackpool were the next to have the former West Ham United youngster in their dugout. 

After being dismissed by the Seasiders, it would be eight years before Ince returned to management. He successfully saved Reading from relegation to League One before leaving the club the following season. 

It is now being speculated that Ince’s former Manchester United teammates are considering asking him to repeat his Macclesfield heroics and make sure it is League Two football being played at the Peninsula Stadium next season.

Writer’s View

Paul Ince continues to be linked with jobs despite his unremarkable record. Following his first two appointments, the 56-year-old has struggled to last in jobs and to bring any form of success.

That being said, his record in League Two is very strong, averaging 1.82 points per game from his spells with the Silk Men and MK Dons. 

This impressive points return coupled with saving a troubled Reading from relegation could mean Ince is a good short-term fix for Gary Neville et al but Salford fans will surely be hoping for a name to take their hot seat.

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