Congratulations to Paul Ince, who will make history by becoming the first Black British manager of a Premiership football club.
Ince, the former West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool midfielder, was appointed Blackburn Rovers boss, and signed on a three-year contract. He replaces Mark Hughes, who left to join fellow Premiership club Manchester City.
After two brief successful spells as managers of both lower league teams Macclesfield and MK Dons, this will be a huge step up for him. There will be a lot pressure on him from the start to do well at Ewood Park. It’s not so long ago that football sportswriters questioned the commitment of black players in the professional game. The same is being now is being asked of potential black managers, but if Ince succeeds at Blackburn, it will inspire more professionals to follow his example.
Good luck, Incey!