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England out – Ince to decide soon

England’s under-21s lost last night meaning an Tom Ince move could be on the cards sooner than expected. Ince stated that no move would be sorted until the European Championships were over, the 3-1 defeat to Norway last night means there’s only one remaining game against the hosts Israel on Tuesday.

It looks like the first bid for Ince could be from Crystal Palace who are said to be ready to table a £4 million bid.

A really good blog from Spurs site Captain Cartilage mentioned the Palace bid, originally reported by The Sun. It also reiterated the view that Tom Ince isn’t good enough for any of the top Premier League sides, or the Sky Six as they put it (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd & City) and will end up at a smaller Premier League side.

Meanwhile back on the Fylde Coast Paul Ince stated the obvious about the training facilities. Understanding that a new training ground is far away, or out of the question. Ince is looking to make some smaller improvements to the current setup at squires gate. Talking to the Gazette .

“In the meantime, while we are at Squires Gate it’s important we make it as professional and homely as we can.

“That’s going to be our home from Monday to Friday each week. At the moment, for me it’s not very good.”

Which all sounds very much like Oyston is able to make some short-term fixes and then not commit to a date on a new training ground.

A couple of days ago Millwall announced that Steve Lomas would be taking up the position left by Kenny Jackett. The former West Ham midfielder had been managing north of the border with St. Johnstone.

A cluster of Championship clubs are interested in striker Sylan Ebanks-Blake. Middlesbrough, Leicester and Palace are interested in the striker who spend the end of the season with Wolves on the sideline with a broken leg.

Another Championship striker Kevin Davies who left Bolton is currently being linked with Sheffield Wednesday, but also to Sunderland. Ourselves, Wolves and Hull have also been linked with the one cap England forward.

One team in a similar situation to us (having no players) is Watford. The losing play-off finalists released 7 players last week, and with most of their squad having been made up of loan players they now have a squad of only 15.

Last week a change in the rules was put forward to restrict the number of international loan players to 5. This was after Watford’s squad was made up of 10 plus players from their sister clubs.

Included the 7 released players were midfielder Mark Yeates and Stephen McGinn. Contracts have been offered to five players who were out of contract. Almunia, Jonathan Bond, Fitz Hall, Lloyd Doyley and John Eustace.

Adding a further complexity to the situation is the club is still under a transfer embargo due to dodgy goings on under the last owners. Transfers will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. All of which will make it difficult for the Hornets to be competitive from day one next season.

Tom Ince to decide future after the Under-21 Championships

After paper talk yesterday regarding Tom Ince and a possible move to Cardiff, the midfielder was interviewed by the national press as part of the build up to tonight’s England under-21s game against Norway. Ince, who missed out on the first game due to a one match suspension reiterated that no decisions would be made until the tournament was over.

“I have had a big two years of football that’s brought me to where I am now – it’s got me a place in the Under-21 team, it’s got the media talking about me, which is flattering. But it’s about making the right move at the right time. There’s no point in going somewhere and stopping your development. I’m going to sit down after the Euros – touch wood we will get to the final and even win the thing – and club football will be what I speak to dad about. If I stay at Blackpool, then great. But if it’s time to move on, I’ll move on.

It’s clear to me that he’ll only move to a club where he can play games. Liverpool are said to be interested, but would he be able to play on a regular basis? If not, I don’t think he’ll move. However if Swansea, Fulham or Newcastle make an offer it could be a move he’ll take. If that move isn’t on now he’ll wait to January.


Ince should hopefully start in tonight’s game which kicks off at 5pm and is on Sky Sports 2.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Reading picked up Wayne Bridge from Manchester City. Daryl Murphy joined Ipswich, who’ve already signed Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick.

The BBC published a nice list of all the players released from Premier League Clubs, some of them will have been snapped up already, some may retire.

Chelsea: Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull

Everton: Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha, Phil Neville

Fulham: Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagkounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Alex Smith, Csaba Somogyi

Liverpool: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Stephens, Dan Wilson

Manchester City: Wayne Bridge, Filippo Mancini, Ryan McGivern, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure

Manchester United: Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson

Reading: Nick Bignall, Simon Church, Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Alex Pearce, Nicky Shorey, Jay Tabb, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams

Swansea: Mark Gower

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Barthram, David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson

West Bromwich Albion: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Gonzalo Jara, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas

West Ham: Cole Carlton, Jake Larkins, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen.

Wigan: Peter Aylmer, Albert Crusat, Franco Di Santo, David Jones, Adrian Lopez, Jonathan Lynch, Callum Morris, Filip Orsula, Ronnie Stam, Joshua Sumner, Ryan Watson.

From that long list I’ve picked my best 11. Bit of a mixed bunch really!

  1. GK Steve Harper
  2. LB Ian Harte
  3. RF Danny Simpson
  4. CB Kolo Toure
  5. CB Chris Baird
  6. LW Zoltan Gera
  7. CM Gary O’Neil
  8. CM Yossi Benayoun
  9. RW Florent Malouda
  10. FW Cole Carlton
  11. FW Roque Santa Cruz

Fulham 1 – 1 Blackpool

An enjoyable game in the FA cup and a good draw in the end to take us to a reply.

The play today resembled may games in the top flight with us soaking up pressure and looking for the goal on the counter-attack.

We should have taken the lead in the first half with Ince having two chances, the first forced David Stockdale into a great save.

The second half Fulham as expected came into the match more, however we broke down the left and a cutback from Nathan Delfouneso found Ludovic Sylvestre who slotted home infront of the travelling tangerine army.

After that Fulham bombed on, however didn’t carve out too many chances on goal.

It took a wonder long / strike from Karagounis to draw the march level. A corner was cleared to the Greek who lobbed the ball into the far corner over the head of Gilks.

We didn’t have to hang on too much in the closing moments, with both sides settling for the draw.

One negative from the match was Tom Ince, at times he did well, running with the ball looking to take on defenders, however later on at times he looked a little un-interested. Not tracking back or going in for headers and tackles. It could be due to the speculation about a move or it could be a little tiredness. Either way let’s hope he’s back on form for Charlton next week, that is if he’s still with us.