Cherries and Pompey Merger Discussed?
Sure this has to be a joke? Discussions were on the table for AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth to merge?
In a remarkably silly story it is being suggested that around the time that Portsmouth fell back in to Adminstration, there was a proposal on the table to merge the two clubs!
Thankfully the suggestion has been rubbished, but there's no smoke without fire, with Mitchell being quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo as saying about club mergers in general: "Eventually, I think it is the way football will go. In years to come, to stay afloat and to compete, smaller clubs will combine. Clubs with 30 or 40 miles between them are not that distant. I sympathise with the people of Portsmouth. Our club had to go through it due to similar circumstances and it is only right that other clubs should face punishment. I feel for their supporters but, hopefully, in the long run, it will help united the club. We were subjected to various sanctions and I think that galvanised us. Portsmouth have got a fantastic platform to work from with their supporter base and they get 10,000 to 15,000 more people to games than we do. If there was any help we could offer them, we would. It is all down to hard work, sensible planning and having someone to drive it forward. It is a fine balancing act – supporters want success and chairmen may overspend to get it. It is a difficult situation. It is every club’s dream to reach the Premier League and the rewards are so unrealistic compared with the normal day-to-day running of a club. The most important thing to me since I have been here has been to work hard to try to improve everything and get more people to come. We have got a big enough catchment area and should be getting 10,000-plus not 5,000-plus. We would look pretty foolish building the fourth stand for it to be left empty and that is one of the reasons I haven’t pushed it too hard. If we hadn’t been able to facilitate everybody, that stand would have been up by now. If we were to go up, we would be able to fill the stadium regularly".
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