Paul Ince Hopes For Premier League Return With Milton Keynes Dons

Ince targets two promotions with the Dons...
Paul Ince hopes he can one day return to the Premier League as a manager - preferably with Milton Keynes Dons.

The former Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter and West Ham United midfielder left the Dons to take over at Blackburn Rovers at the start of the 2008-09 season.

A poor run of form saw Ince's time at Ewood Park cut short, as he was sacked by the club mid-season.

But the former Macclesfield Town boss has set his sights on a managerial career in England's top flight, optimistic that he can take the Dons with him from League One in his second spell in charge.

“I’m learning the trade,” he said, according to The Times.

“It hasn’t dented my belief that I can manage in the Premier League. I’ve had a great experience, I want to be back there and hopefully I can do it with Milton Keynes.”

Speaking about his time at Blackburn, Ince believes the lack of funds available for new players was to blame, rather than himself.

He said, “For some reason we didn’t have the finances.

“There are a lot of reasons why it didn’t go well, but I don’t think I was to blame for that. My reputation as a manager shouldn’t be tarnished because I wasn’t given the tools.

"I thought that the board should have backed me a bit more. At least give me till after Christmas.

"It was harsh, it was a bit unfair, but I’ve got broad shoulders. It’s all about players and finance and if you haven’t got that it’s hard to do your job.”

Jamie Dunn, Goal.com