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Roach: I did not wish to leave AFC Bournemouth

Former AFC Bournemouth Head Of Youth Joe Roach has released a statement following his departure from the Cherries.

Roach left his role as Under 18's manager last week after 10 years at the club.

Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell said last Friday...

'It is with regret that Joe Roach has decided to leave the club after ten years loyal service and much success...'

'...There is no real explanation for Joe's departure, my own opinion is that Joe has reflected on the speed of which the club has changed and is at an age where he felt he would be more comfortable with new challenges.'

Roach declined to comment last week, but has now given a statement to the Daily Echo, which read...

"Contrary to speculation, I did not wish to leave AFC Bournemouth...'

'...It is apparent that the club is moving in a particular direction and it was felt that it was my time to move on.

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave and I would like to use this opportunity to thank all the support I have received from fans and staff...'

The full statement can be read here.

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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 29 2011

Time: 7:45AM

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Here are 2 quotes from the echo readers that sum it up perfectly from me - "I think it's obvious that Joe was forced out. His face didn't fit with Mitchell and his merry band of yes men so his position was made untenable by Mitchell constantly interfering, messing him around and then replacing him as head of youth with Shaun Brooks. The fact that Joe thanked everyone at Dean Court EXCEPT Mitchell and the board says it all really. Joe has had to be very careful what he says in this statement to the Echo so as not to breach the terms of the compromise agreement he would have had to sign to receive a termination of contract payment from the club. Part of most termination agreements state that discussing the reasons for the termination is prohibited" "Come on Joe, you've told us you didn't want to leave which is what many of us believed, now go one step further and tell us why you were forced out. It's the only way the Mitchell lovers on here will have their eyes opened as to what sort of chairman he really is. He's got his toy, but now he's started playing with people's lives. A step too far. The other board members need to grow a backbone and do something about this. Mitchell out, Brooks out and get Joe back." Beore I was disgusted by howe and the way he left us - now i can't forgive him for breaking his promise of staying within days, but i understand his reason for leaving - everyone (i mean the staff, fans and players) keeps saying about this club going in a direction. I am so sure Eddie Mitchell is keen on selling the club, because he really doesn't seem interested in us going up - everything is based entirely on bringing quick money into the club. I think Roach must have spoke up against Mitchell and thats why he's been forced out of the club. If fletch (Mr AFCB popular) wasn't part of the management team then people would be looking with more interest into what goes on behind then scenes and why all our successful staff and players seem on their way out and not getting offered contracts
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29/06/2011 08:34:00

Nizlo - you have summed it up perfectly IMO. Its time this chairman left, as all he has done is ridden the wave of success created by the likes of Roach and Howe, and he is now trying to cash in.
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29/06/2011 10:56:00

I'm not the biggest EM fan but appreciate that he has got us out of debt, I think joe should have been given more respect in the realms of supa for all he has done for the club, I fear for the future of the youth, because am i right in saying that when EM was at dorch he sacked mark morris and shaun brooks was brought in? Looks like EM and shaun brooks have a history and that he is going to be one of the yes men.... If EM is looking to sell hopefully the inaugural soviet cup may attract some oil merchant to buy the club. Also still up in the air about LB hope he proves me wrong but end of season performances and lack of transfer incomings (understandable due to lack of monies coming in),, but hopefully with season ticket money coming in hopefully a few more new faces will soon be lighting this website... UPC
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29/06/2011 11:11:00

UTC not UPC typo
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29/06/2011 11:12:00

Personal opinions, nizlo, not fact. Biased personal opinions in fact. I wish Joe had stayed and/or a compromise could have been made to make him feel like he could stay, but I'm not going to jump to conclusions that it was EM that pushed because of his totalitarian attitude, as people are suggesting. Like it or not, EM has a business to run and it's is his decision as to how to run that business. If he felt like altering the setup of our youth then that is for him to decide. I actually feel like he's done a lot of good for the club since he arrived and he's made some tough decisions (I'm sure). This was one of them and I'm in no doubt he would not have pushed JR out of the door. He knows how much he was valued. Keep the comments sane and weigh it all up before you make snap judgements people. If this rumour as to the GHA moving to Bournemouth is true (would seem to have some basis of truth what with them playing in the EC Cup) then it will be a big coup for the club. I'm sure people will find the negative still though. Maybe the GHA rumour was all a reason behind the youth changes. Who knows until stuff has been reported officially...and I don't believe it has yet.
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29/06/2011 11:44:00

Well said. If the new season starts with a weakened side not a stronger side then that's a discgrace. Going into the summer break we had a 2 million pound transfer surplus from the previous 10 months. If you go form that position to a position 3 months later where you have an even weaker side then clearly the contract between board and fans has been broken. We pay our money to see our team progress and succeed. If that aim is not paramount to the board as well then we shouldn't come along.
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29/06/2011 11:54:00

I was a mitchell fan before - a huge mitchell fan infact - i was happy when he rejected the bid from the russians this time last year, because i thought he was taking this club places and there was a great buzz here - 1 year later we've sold millions of punds worth of players and staff and all we've got to show for it is a new layer of tarmac on the car park. Getting rid of Roach makes no sense! I am starting to feel that this was a move to upset the fans to give EM more of an excuse to sell the club. I understand it's a business but our club has huge potential, its in a wealthy area, has great support and is probably the nicest place to live in the UK, that's why the russians and seemingly a few other parties are interested. Those who defend Mitchell now must be his mates or yes men withing the club (like bradders and even the beloved fletch)
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30/06/2011 12:02:00

EM is a money grabbing ...T, he will squeeze every last penny out of the club and move on without a second glance, he needs to go for AFC to survive, and Joe roach should asked to come back
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30/06/2011 22:27:00


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