17 Dec 2008

Rovers sack Ince

6:00 am on 17 December 2008

Struggling English Premier League football side Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Paul Ince.

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.

Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad, which finished seventh last season, fall to 19th position.

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.

Rovers are captained by the New Zealander Ryan Nelsen.