Sparky: No anti-United agenda against Ince

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.”

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.