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Paul Ince keen to manage West Ham United despite controversial exit as a player

Paul Ince says he wants to become manager of West Ham United before he finishes his career in football.

The former England international would like to manage his former club despite the hateful abuse he has received at Upton Park over the years.

Ince began his playing career at the club but signed for Manchester United in a controversial move and he has never been forgiven by Hammers fans for his exit in 1989, when he was photographed in a Red Devils shirt before he had completed his move to Old Trafford.

But speaking to talkSPORT, the former midfielder said: "I would like to go back there as a manager because that is where I started my career as a kid.

“It’s funny, when Zola left my wife Clare said to me ‘could you go back there?’ I said it would be a shock.

“But it was in my head that one day I would like to go back there as a manager because that is where I started my career as a kid.

“I still love the club, whether the fans might think completely different that’s fair enough, but it’s always something that’s in my mind.”

Ince carved an excellent reputation as a manager in the lower leagues with Macclesfield Town and MK Dons before moving to Blackburn Rovers, where he was sacked after a short spell in charge of the Premier League club.
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