Championship round-up: Paul Ince takes charge at Blackpool

Paul Ince was in the stands at Portman Road to see Blackpool, the Championship side he will be named as manager of tomorrow, lose 1-0 at struggling Ipswich.

"The deal is very close to being done," Pool's caretaker- manager, Steve Thompson, revealed after Michael Chopra's goal had consigned his team to defeat. Ince has not managed since he left Notts County almost two years ago. At Blackpool, he will coach his son and England Under-21 international Tom.

Two goals from Fraizer Campbell sufficed for Cardiff City to maintain their eight-point lead at the top with a 2-1 win over Bristol City. "You could see the quality," the Bluebirds manager, Malky Mackay, enthused of his striker. "You could see the intelligence, strength and link-up play."

Mohamed Gedo's toe-poke earned Hull City a 1-0 home win over Charlton as they tightened their grip on the Championship's second automatic promotion berth. "Nobody predicted Hull, Palace and Watford would be chasing Cardiff," the Tigers manager, Steve Bruce, said, "but there we are. The Championship is a level playing field. That is the beauty of it, how hard it is."

Troy Deeney scored twice as Watford thumped Birmingham City 4-0 at St Andrew's to go third. Lee Clark, the Blues manager, had left out striker Nikola Zigic for his bad attitude to hard work in training. "There's only so much you can keep in-house before you have to go down another route," Clark said of his decision to go public.

Wolves are just a point above the bottom three after a 0-0 draw at Derby left them still seeking a first win under Dean Saunders after six attempts.

In League One, the two clubs which parted company with managers last week showed no ill effects. Preston, who sacked Graham Westley, beat leaders Bournemouth 2-0, while Coventry, whose former boss, Mark Robins, quit to go to Huddersfield, won 2-0 at Bury.

David Beckham will be ready to make his Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille next Sunday, PSG's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, said.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'