Described as being able to run tirelessly and provide a reliable defensive back-up in midfield, Ince was also seen as a hard worker with an athletic ability. Playing for top notch teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter Milan, and West Ham United, we take a look at some of the finest quotes on Paul Ince.
Currently managing the English football team Reading, Ince was a 21-year veteran on the playing field with over 600 professional league games.
One of the few players to represent both the two big English rival teams of Manchester United and Liverpool, Ince was also the first black player to captain the England national football team.
With two Premier League triumphs, one Cup Winners’ Cup, and two FA Cup wins, he spent six seasons at Old Trafford, and just two at Liverpool, as well as spending a couple of years at Inter Milan.
He was instrumental in England reaching the semi-final of Euro ’96, aiding Paul Gascoigne in midfield, and competed in over 50 matches for the national side. Though sometimes temperamental, Ince forged a decent career in management after hanging up his boots.
One of the mainstays of the Manchester United team that won the first two Premier League titles, his troublesome relationship with the manager Alex Ferguson led to him being transferred to Italian giants Inter Milan, before eventually teaming up with United’s rivals Liverpool.
His time with the Merseyside club was less successful and he moved on to a few other clubs before retiring.
“…..young, hungry, enthusiastic and with a big pull.” Kevin Gallacher (manager of Blackburn Rovers)
“He was terrific for me last season and gave excellent service to the club for three years.” Steve McClaren (Middlesbrough manager)
“…..fantastic asset to the football club.” Dave Jones (Wolves manager)
“…..he’s got the hunger and desire in his belly to be a good manager.” Kevin Gallacher (on player becoming Blackburn Rovers manager)
“There is good reason for Paul to get his badges and I think he should be given that chance.” Alex Ferguson (on getting UEFA coaching licence)
“Paul is a very special person and a fantastic manager.” Rob Bickerton (on move to MK Dons)
“He’s got all the attributes to become a top class manager and if given the chance he’ll go on and prove it.” Kenny Miller (former Wolves player)
“…..still has a lot to offer to the club…..He gets other players to respond.” Glenn Hoddle (Wolves manager)
“He still has a big impact here…..a testament to the way he has looked after himself.” Jez Moxey (Wolves chief executive)
“He is the kind of player all the youngsters would look up to, he is an idol really.” Martin Allen (Swindon Town youth team coach)
“…..he was such a volatile character, but he never let us down.” Alex Ferguson
“He is a world class player.” Martin Allen