• Posted on: 6 August 2013
  • By: isport

Blackpool have not yet made any meaningful signings so far in the last few weeks, and manager Paul Ince has said that it is frustrating times for him and the club.

A lot of the transfer dealings of the club depended on the future of winger Tom Ince, who was linked heavily with a move to Cardiff. Even though Cardiff agreed a fee in the region of £ 9 million for the midfielder, the player opted against the move due to several reasons. If he had left the club, then it would have given his father significant funds to spend in the transfer window.

As it is, the former Blackburn Rovers manager has said that he is still looking at the absence of eight or nine players in the squad to be filled over the next few weeks. He has said that pre-season preparations has been far from ideal due to the lack of strength in the squad.

The club has had mixed results in the pre-season matches so far. Things will be a little clearer when the Championship season starts with Blackpool taking on Doncaster Rovers in an away match in the first day of the season. This coupled with matches against the likes of Middlesbrough and Reading make it difficult first few weeks for the manager.

"We have had a few issues, we still need eight or nine players. We are miles behind as far as preparation is concerned - We're not Man United. It has been frustrating for myself. We're trying to get people in, the right type of people - not just the way they play, but their characters and the way they fit into the changing room and the culture of the lads. That's important. It's a bit of a rush and I don't think we'll be fully prepared," said Ince.