Sparky: No anti-United agenda against Ince

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has knocked back Paul Ince’s claims that there is a vendetta against him due to his Manchester United ties.

Despite no past complaints from other Manchester United legends Roy Keane, Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce, the Blackburn boss is adamant that the public hold his Old Trafford links against him.

But his Ewood Park predecessor disagrees. “I don’t think that ever becomes an issue," said Sparky. "You get judged on being a professional manager rather than ties with former clubs.”

Ince's Rovers have failed to win any of their last 10 games. His side face Wigan on Saturday at the JJB Stadium and the Rovers boss is likely to come under enormous pressure if his side fail to get a result. 

However, opposing manager Steve Bruce has backed his former team-mate to get Rovers back on track.

"If Incey does come through this, and I have every confidence he will, the people who employ him have got to stand up as well," said Bruce, insisting that the Rovers board have to be patient and give their man time to turn the club around.

"You can go months without a victory in the Premier League. That's why you need the people who employ you to say 'He's our man, give him a bit of time'."

Hughes echoed Bruce’s thoughts that talk of Ince leaving was premature: "He's a good manager and just needs a little time."

Bruce,  whose side started November in the bottom three, has suggested that it could have been his own job under-going speculation if it wasn’t for Wigan’s turn of fortune.

Hughes believes the focus on manager’s jobs in the media can switch frequently and soon the attention may focus elsewhere. “In terms of managers under pressure, the coach always gets parked in front of somebody else's door from week to week, maybe next week it'll be someone else.”

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