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Ince: I'm not quitting

Blackpool manager Paul Ince insists he will not quit and is determined to rise to the challenge of turning his team's season around.

Ince, who took charge at Bloomfield Road in February last year, oversaw a positive start to the season which had Blackpool among the early Championship pace-setters.

However, a run of eight defeats in nine games has seen Blackpool drop down to 14th in the table and also exit the FA Cup at the third-round stage against Bolton Wanderers.

A 2-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Saturday prompted questions about Ince's future, but the former England international has no plans to walk away.

"It's tough but I love being Blackpool manager," Ince told the Blackpool Gazette. "I love my players and the fans are great.

"I'm going to roll my sleeves up and work hard to get that win. I'm not one to shirk a challenge and I have to rise to meet this one.

"The chairman is strong and I'm strong, and I want to turn it round. The chairman is supporting me. He came out in the paper and said that.

"If I felt things weren't right I'd be out the door, don't worry about that."

He added: "If I thought we played poorly on Saturday and the players had jacked it in, then I'd be the first one out the door.

"But the players showed they are playing for me. They were all hurting after the game. Things are just going against us.

"I asked for a positive reaction from everyone at the club, and I thought I got that from the players and the fans. It's easy to show frustrations after the game but we played some good stuff. It just wouldn't go for us.

"I must have run over a couple of black cats but the fans were great. They want to win as much as we do."