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AFC Bournemouth: Club would have gone to the wall without Eddie Mitchell says Adam Murry
Murry has played a significant role in the club’s recent history – appointing Eddie Howe as manager in 2009 and persuading Mitchell to come aboard just months later.
The Murry Group rescued the club from the ownership of Sport-6 following their disastrous 11-month tenure under business partners Paul Baker and Alastair Saverimutto.
Also a director during the previous regime, Murry was responsible for brokering the deal that brought Mitchell to the club in June 2009.
He relinquished his position on the board in 2010 before being re-appointed just days after Howe had returned to the club in October 2012.
The Bournemouth-based businessman, who has remained one of Howe’s closest confidantes, has continued to forge close links with the club through his charity work.
Commenting on Mitchell’s decision to stand down as chairman and sell the family’s shares in the club, Murry told the Daily Echo: “In my opinion, the club would not be there today if it hadn’t been for Eddie Mitchell.
“He was prepared to stick his neck out when the place was in turmoil. It was a massive gamble to take it on in 2009 and nobody in their wildest dreams would have imagined then that it would be where it is today.
“If he hadn’t come in and rescued it, I am convinced the past four years would never have happened. And, even if the club had survived, it is 100 per cent certain it would never have been so successful.
“What has happened under the two Eddies and Maxim Demin has been nothing short of a miracle. I know what a complete mess had been left behind and the club was only heading in one direction.
“Eddie Howe has revived the fortunes on the pitch and Eddie Mitchell and Maxim have done likewise off it. I know it was a struggle to start and I know there were a lot of people who thought it would fail.
“Eddie Mitchell should be applauded for his stubbornness and single-mindedness. It was a feat in itself to haul the business from almost certain oblivion, never mind to see the team win two promotions and reach the Championship as well.
“I admire Eddie Mitchell for everything he has done for the football club because I don’t think anybody else could have done that job.”
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