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Mitchell outlines Cherries plan

Bournemouth's Dean Court home
Dean Court has endured a succession of boardroom changes

Bournemouth's new chairman Eddie Mitchell admits he faces one of the biggest tasks of his career.

The property developer was confirmed in his new role on Monday as the takeover by the Murry consortium was ratified.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "I've just got to take a view that it's got to be run like a business to give the club some stability over a period of time."

Mitchell is part of a five-man group, alongside son-in-law Neill Blake, Adam Murry, Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly.

The new chairman has promised to put unpaid Cherries staff at the top of his list of priorities.

Bournemouth also face a winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs.

Mitchell, formerly chairman of non-League side Dorchester Town, added: "We have inherited a club that is not in a good situation but we will do our best to turn it around."

The new board are also keen to secure the services of manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall.

"The club has to stay afloat and we have to cut our budget to make sure that happens," Mitchell said.

"But I'm sure after speaking with Eddie and Jason, they are both sensible lads, they're looking for stability and I'm sure when Eddie comes back off holiday we'll sit down and sort a deal out."

The Cherries finished 21st in League Two last season, having begun the campaign with a 17-point deduction for a breach of Football League insolvency rules.



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