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Friday, 30 August, 2002, 09:33 GMT 10:33 UK
Machin quits Cherries

Mel Machin has retired as director of football at Bournemouth.

It represents the end of an era for the 57-year-old, who has served the Cherries as player, manager and director, and recently enjoyed a testimonial match against Manchester United.

Machin told Bournemouth's website: "This club has been a major part of my life, from when I first joined as a player 32 years ago.

"I'm sad to leave, particularly in such difficult times, but the time is right for me to go."

Chairman Peter Phillips added: "Mel has provided excellent service to us, and I wish him all the best in his retirement."

Machin, who invested in the club five years ago to save it from extinction, remains a shareholder and will continue to attend games.

Born in Stoke, Machin's supported Stoke City - but his league career began with neighbours Port Vale, before moving to Gillingham and then Bournemouth in 1970.

Great escape

Under manager John Bond, the attacking right-back was a key player in the successful Cherries side of the early 1970s which included the legendary Ted MacDougall.

After learning his trade on the coaching staff at Norwich Machin's first job in management came at Manchester City, where he led the club to promotion (and a 5-1 victory over Manchester United) before being surprisingly sacked.

He then spent three-and-a-half years as boss at Barnsley, before returning to Dean Court in September 1994 when the Cherries were struggling.

But despite only having nine points on the board by Christmas, Machin steered the club clear of almost certain relegation to finish on 50 points.

Over the next few seasons, he signed talented youngsters like Matt Holland and Ian Cox, and made inspired loan signings such as Rio Ferdinand.

Having guided the club through the turmoil of receivership in 1997, his reward the following season was to become the first Cherries manager to take a side to Wembley, in the Auto Windscreens Shield final.

One year later, Bournemouth also came within a whisker of the Second Division play-offs.

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