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Paul Ince braced for interest in son Tom

February 19, 2013

New Blackpool manager Paul Ince will assess the future of his son Tom at the end of the season amid speculation that the winger is heading for a summer exit.

PA PhotosTom Ince has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Tom Ince, 21, was strongly linked with a move away from Blackpool in the January transfer window, with Liverpool and Reading both admirers of his talent.

And his father, who was appointed as the new boss at Bloomfield Road on Monday, accepts that it will be “difficult” to keep hold of the England Under-21 international.

"I'm not going to make any bold decisions about what we're going to do in two or three months," Paul Ince told the BBC.

"We have to see where we are at the end of the season and then go from there.

"It's always difficult to keep hold of your top players. A lot of people go on about Thomas, but we do have some very good players in the side."

Asked whether his son would receive any special treatment, he said: "Thomas is like any other player when he walks into the training ground or onto the pitch.

"If he does something wrong, he'll be told in no uncertain terms. If he does something well, he'll get a pat on the back like any other player would. When we leave the training ground, that's when he becomes my son.

"Thomas would expect that. I've worked with him before at Notts County, and sometimes I'm harder on Thomas than I would be with the rest of the lads.

"I'm sure, at the moment, that he's dreading me being here, but once we get going he'll be fine."