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Ince quits Silkmen to join MK Dons

Paul Ince believes he can help take MK Dons to the Championship but is solely focused on gaining promotion to League One next season.

Having guided Macclesfield to safety on the final day, Ince moved south after an undisclosed compensation deal was agreed between the clubs.

The 39-year-old former England, Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder feels there is bags of potential at Pete Winkleman's club, who finished fourth in League Two last season and are set to play in the 30,000-seater Stadium:MK.

Ince, who replaces Martin Allen, said: 'Looking at the squad we've got, if we can get three or four additions, we can be up there vying for promotion.

'We haven't got a God-given right to get promoted just because we've got a big squad and resources - it doesn't guarantee you'll get promoted.

'We need to find out which players we want to keep, which ones we don't and which players we want to bring in and go from there.

'It's a case of building the squad and that could take three or four months or it could take a year but when I get the squad I want, we can be up there.

'If you look at the stadium, everything is geared towards playing in the Championship. It's a stadium that holds 30,000 and if we can fill that stadium we can be challenging in the Championship.

'There is a five-year plan but I'm just looking at the next nine months and trying to get promotion.'

Ince was happy to start at the bottom and 'learn his trade' with the Silkmen, who were rock bottom when he took the job in October, and he thinks that moving to Milton Keynes is a continuation of that process.

He added: 'Macclesfield gave me my chance. I went there when they were struggling, to keep them up, and I did that.

'I fulfilled my obligation and now I'm going to a team where there's a chance to get promotion.

'It is a chance to see if I can work with a budget, where the expectation is to get promoted. I think there was more pressure last year because players' livelihoods were at stake.

'I'm very grateful to Macclesfield and I would have been happy to stay there.'

Meanwhile, Macclesfield chief executive Patrick Nelson believes there is no rush to replace Ince.

He said: 'Normally you would want to appoint someone as soon as possible but we feel we have a little bit of time to think about this because we want to appoint the right sort of person again.

'We also need to bring in four or five more players but we have got a bit of time.

'As is always the case, as soon as the news hits the airwaves, the CVs start coming in and we have had some interest already.'