Paul Ince was once the player Roy Keane could have been. He was the heroic Terry Butcher figure of England’s draw in Italy in 1997. He was one of the few British players to succeed in Italy. He was, in short, very good. So all credit to him for deciding to learn his craft as a manager in the lower leagues, at Macclesfield and now the MK Dons(BOOO!).
But, you’d still think it would turn his head to be linked with a Premier League job, actually, no it wouldn’t.
“I want to make a name for myself at MK Dons, I’ve been given a great chance by the chairman here,” said Ince. “When I see the players playing the way they are, the spirit and the togetherness we’ve got at this club, the passion of the chairman and where we want to go with this club – why would you want to move? We’re here for the long term, we’ve got a long-term plan and we want to take this club where we think it belongs.”
Wimbledon? But apart from that, it is another sensible move for Ince. If only the MK Dons had a similar attitude to loyalty an sticking in one place.