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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 17, 2008

Ince hits out at attempts to unsettle Rovers

Paul Ince believes attempts were made to wreck his Premier League managerial career before it had even started.

The new Blackburn boss witnessed his side's excellent 3-2 win at Everton on the opening day of the season yesterday which helped dispel claims that there was unrest in the Rovers camp.

Ince has had to contend with continued pressure to sell his best players while claims of a split in the dressing room since his arrival surfaced just days before his first top flight campaign as a manager.

Ince said: 'People have been trying to upset what we are trying to achieve at Blackburn, even before my first season as a manager in the top flight had even started. But that has been dispelled by this result.

'It hasn't upset me, nothing upsets me. Things annoy me but don't upset me.

'It wasn't only because of what was being said about myself, because I have dealt with a load of crap throughout my career. Just the way it tried to unsettle what I was trying to achieve.

'And for someone facing his first job in the Premier League, it was wrong, attempts were made to upset things before things had even started.

'The season had not even started and things were being said that were bang out of order.'

He added: 'There seemed to be an attempt to unsettle myself, the players and the staff. We have a good bunch of lads and we have stayed strong, people could see that against Everton.

'Do I know the source of what was said? No, I don't, but it was wrong and it was out of order.'

Blackburn went ahead early on through a David Dunn cracker, but Everton were level in first-half injury-time thanks to a stunning Mikel Arteta free-kick.

Ayegbeni Yakubu put Everton ahead in the second period before late goals from Roque Santa Cruz and Andre Ooijer - in injury-time - gave Ince his debut victory as a top flight boss.

Ince said: 'I was a bit unsure what to expect, I have played in the Premier League for a long time and know what is about. But as a manager I was unsure.

'It was an eye-opener for me, I was happy with three points and the experience of being a manager in the top flight was tremendous.

'It was a deserved victory, no doubt. We were a bit sloppy and disappointed after the break having been hit by a very late sucker punch with their equaliser.

'But we needed to salvage something and did that very well. We were 2-1 down to a team that finished fifth last season, and nobody outside the top four won at Everton last term.

'It showed what spirit and togetherness we have at this club. I was very pleased with what I saw and the win.

'It was nice, but we always had confidence. There has been a lot of crap spouted about things that are supposedly going on at Blackburn, there has been attempts to unsettle my players.'

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