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Paul Ince sacked by Blackburn

December 16, 2008 18:05 IST

Struggling Premier League side Blackburn Rovers sacked manager Paul Ince on Tuesday, the club said.

Ince was in charge at Ewood Park for six months. Rovers have suffered six consecutive league defeats and sit five points from safety in the relegation zone.

"It is with great sadness that the board announce that Paul Ince is to leave the club," Rovers chairman John Williams said in a club statement.

"Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad, which finished seventh last season, fall to 19th position. We are currently in real danger in becoming detached from the pack.

"The survival of the club in the Premier League is paramount and our focus now is finding a replacement who will be able to maintain our top division status.

"Paul will bounce back, he is a fighter, and we wish him well."

Former England midfielder Ince, 41, was appointed on a three-year deal in June this year, replacing his former United team mate Mark Hughes who left to take over Manchester City.

Ince, who also played for Liverpool and Inter Milan and won 53 England caps, led Milton Keynes Dons to the League Two (fourth division) title in his first season in charge this year after starting his full managerial career at Macclesfield Town.

Ince is the sixth Premier League manager to leave this season after Alan Curbishley, Kevin Keegan and Roy Keane quit West Ham United, Newcastle United and Sunderland respectively, and Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth to replace the sacked Juande Ramos at Tottenham Hotspur.

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