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Mitchell: I want to reach the Premier League

AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell has declared that his next aim is to take the Cherries into the Premier League.

The former Chairman of Dorchester Town Football Club, became part of a consortium which took over AFC Bournemouth in June 2009 alongside Neill Blake, Adam Murry, Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly.

On 22nd June 2009 Mitchell was announced as the new Chairman of AFC Bournemouth and at the end of his first season as chairman the club won promotion from League Two.

The following season despite losing Eddie Howe to Burnley in January 2011, the Cherries challenged for back to back promotions, missing out on the League One Play-Off Final on penalties to Huddersfield.

A turbulent season followed with a number of that squad sold, with then manager Lee Bradbury struggling to rebuild the side during the early part of the season.

In November 2011 Russian Businessman Maxim Demin purchased Jeff Mostyn's 44% and Steve Sly's 6% of the football club and became AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell's 50-50 partner.

A mid-season revival was brief and Bradbury eventually departed and was replaced by Paul Groves in March 2012.

Groves was handed a large transfer budget by the Cherries board, but failed to get it to work on the pitch, leaving the side with just one victory and in the relegation zone when he departed just seven months into the role.

Eddie Howe's return to Dean Court was remarkable, steering the club to automatic promotion after just six months back in charge, emulating the feat of Harry Redknapp's 1987 side in winning promotion to the second tier of English football for only the second time in the clubs history.

Following two promotions under Eddie Howe the Cherries are now looking at the new Championship campaign and Mitchell has set his next target.

Mitchell told the Daily Echo...

"I want the club to reach the Premier League, Football is a pressure game and that is what we have got to aim for.

"I know I might fall flat on my face and look stupid for saying it but I want us to compete with the best clubs in the country.

"Three teams have got to go up and I know it is going to be tough. But it is tough for everybody and there are some established clubs in the Championship who haven't made it. I just want us to have a crack at it."

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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 18 2013

Time: 8:04AM

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To reach the Prem I think our signings could have been better and not shopping for free agents. As I only can see Pitman banging in the goals next season and that is a lot too ask one player, I hope I am proved wrong. Having said that Ryan Fraser and Donal Mcdermott if he pulls his finger out, will feel like two new signings and we will have pretty good wide men.
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18/07/2013 11:13:00

I have supported my home teams as often as I could since 1967. Mainly the lows. Excellent that we are thinking so big! I want to be there but not as a season ticket holder, not able to attend every other weekend. So I am now stranded o jus away games. Great that the product of our success is that fans like me cant get a seat at Dean Court. Hey ho! Good luck the Cherries it's now cheaper in the Premier! A very disappointed Cherry. I shall return one day when the prawn sandwich brigade go back to their even posher homes in London!
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