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Oyston confirms Ince text exit

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has confirmed that Paul Ince was sacked as manager by text message.

Oyston was unable to speak with Ince on Tuesday about his decision to terminate his contract - which followed a run of nine defeats in 10 matches - as the former England international was on a coaching course at St George's Park.

He also revealed he was unhappy with Ince's decision to attend the course at Burton rather than concentrate on his problems at Blackpool following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Oyston told Sky Sports News: "Following a meeting on Sunday, I told them in no uncertain terms that things had to change. Paul promptly went off on a coaching course and I heard nothing from (assistants) Alex (Rae) or Steve Thompson.

"We couldn't get hold of Paul so we relayed the message that we had decided to make a change and obviously informed him in writing.

"I don't want to get into mud-slinging. It's a case of priorities and I'd have liked our management team to have placed player recruitment as their priority. We all agreed that was the only way of arresting our slide.

"I wasn't made aware by Paul that he was going on a coaching course and would be disappearing off the face of the earth for two days. I was disappointed about that - primarily about not being told and more disappointed that I didn't receive the list from either of his two assistants.

"It was done by letter but obviously I informed them that we were making changes via text because I couldn't get hold of them.

"It's very unpleasant and only the second time I've had to make managerial changes in my 15 years at Blackpool. We've always majored on stability and trying to keep managers.

"It's never pleasant to put people out of work. You don't get into football to do that. On a personal level, I get along with all three of them and I think they're all good people, but you've got to do what's best for the football club."