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Ince handed survival target
09 Dec 2008 - 13:17:54
Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams believes Paul Ince needs to guide his side to at least nine more victories if they are to avoid the drop this season.
Ince's future is in doubt after presiding over a ten-match winless sequence that has left the club in the relegation zone.
Rovers have won only three of their 16 Premier League games to date, and Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "Nine wins is our priority and we need to get them as soon as we can.
"We have 22 games left and the sooner we start picking up the wins the better the situation will look. We have to start winning because the longer we go without a win the more difficult it becomes for us to get those wins we need.
"The players and the manager believe our fortunes will change once we get that first win, but we all know we need that win quickly.
"At the moment, nine wins from 22 looks more than possible. But if we go a few more games still needing nine wins it looks more and more difficult, doesn't it?
"Although money isn't everything it certainly helps. If we could have given Mark Hughes more money he might have still been here. We gave him everything we possibly could working our bank borrowings to the absolute maximum.
"Nevertheless, we have managed for the last eight seasons and the current decline is very worrying. At the end of September we were seventh.
"The board has always acted in the best interests of the club and I think you know and appreciate that. Nothing changes."