Blackpool are set to name former England captain Paul Ince as their new manager on Monday, caretaker boss Steve Thompson has confirmed.
Ince, 45, who has been without a job since leaving Notts County in April 2011, will become the club's third permanent manager of the season.
"There's going to be an announcement on Monday. It's going to be Paul Ince," Thompson said after
Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Ipswich.
Paul Ince factfile
Made 730 senior appearances for eight clubs including West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool
Won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups during six-year spell at Old Trafford
Won 53 England caps and became the country's first black captain in 1993
Began managerial career at Macclesfield in 2006, keeping the club in the Football League
Won League Two title and Football League Trophy with MK Dons in 2008
Became first black Briton to manage in the Premier League when taking over at Blackburn, but was sacked after 21 games
"The deal is very close to being done."
Ince will link up with his son, 21-year-old winger Tom, who has scored 17 goals in 33 appearances this season.
The Seasiders are 14th in the Championship, 10 points from a play-off spot and six above the relegation zone.
Ian Holloway and Michael Appleton had spells in charge earlier this season, while Thompson has been in temporary control for the past month.
Holloway left in November
to take charge of Crystal Palace, while his replacement Appleton was at the helm for just nine weeks before
taking over at Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers.
Ince's appointment will end a managerial exile of almost two years.
After a playing career including two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and 53 England caps, Ince
moved into management with Macclesfield Town
Despite being bottom of the Football League when he took over, he helped the club avoid relegation on the final day of the 2006-07 campaign.
His success with the Silkmen saw him
move to MK Dons,
with whom he won the League Two title and the Football League Trophy.
With his stock rising,
Ince was announced as manager of Premier League side Blackburn
in 2008, but was
dismissed from the Ewood Park post
having won just three of his first 17 league games.
Another year at MK Dons followed
before a five-month stint at Meadow Lane ended in April 2011.
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