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Mitchell: I won't put club into administration
Published : 03 Mar 2010 07:00:00
CHAIRMAN Eddie Mitchell is adamant Cherries could sustain League One football at Dean Court despite the club's precarious financial position. Mitchell also insists he has no plans to put the club into administration and is urging the people of Bournemouth to play their part in Cherries' promotion bid. He wants supporters past, present and future to turn out in their numbers to give Eddie Howe's men a final push during their last six home games of the season. Mitchell's plea for more support comes just days after the club was served with another winding-up petition over an outstanding tax bill of £314,000. Speaking to the Daily Echo last night, Mitchell said: Financially, the final six home games are drastically important and, for obvious reasons, they are vitally important on the pitch. We need to give Eddie and the boys our 100 per cent support and that means people coming out in their numbers. We would like to get crowds back to 6,500 to give the team what it deserves because the boys have done fantastically. Despite their lofty position in League Two, Cherries drew a crowd of just 4,019 for their last home game against Barnet eight days ago and Mitchell is hoping for a sizeable increase when they host Morecambe on Saturday. The Barnet game was a Tuesday night and it wasn't a good Tuesday night either, he said. But anything that low is disappointing, especially when we are second in the table. In my opinion, we would |have a supporter-base of between 8,000 and 9,000 if we were to go up. We need to rally the troops and people need to bring their neighbours and friends. It's what the club needs and, the more support we get, the sooner we will get out of this situation. When I pick up a national newspaper, I don't want to read about cash-strapped Bournemouth'. We've got to get rid of the debt, get rid of the embargo and get this club where it should be. We could sustain League One and have already been through the finances for next season. We strongly believe we could sustain football in the league above on the budget we're virtually on now. But to do that would need us to be eligible for loan players and, until the embargo is lifted, we're not going to be. Asked about the prospect of administration, Mitchell said: I've got plans to push this club to the situation where it hasn't got any debt. I can't do it single handedly but 6,000 or 7,000 people could. We haven't got plans to go into administration, that's for sure. That's not even entered my head. We've all got to join in and stand up and be counted.