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Eddie Mitchell - You're just out of touch!

As much as I have respect for Bournemouth and their achievements over the last year or so, it has become increasingly apparent that the success has gone to their head. At first it was the fans but now even the clubs chairman has got in on the act.

Eddie Mitchell, the Bournemouth chairman was interviewed by the Bournemouth Echo a few weeks ago and made some startling statements, most notably that the Cherries can become the top club on the south coast and branding us as 'stagnant`.

From the Bournemouth echo interview:

`I think it shows just how far we have come. We have come from death`s door to the heart beating very fast. Southampton have remained stagnant.``

I`m not going to criticise the achievements of Bournemouth last year, but it seems that this chairman has had a little bit too much executive champagne, that and possessing a selective memory, because if I remember correctly Bournemouth have never been anything else BUT stagnant.

Being the 4th richest club in the country, the only club to not have sponsors, spending more than championship and premiership clubs, narrowly missing out on promotion and having one of the best set ups in the country, a 5 year plan and the leagues best squad as well. That is somehow stagnant.

Let`s look at Bournemouth then, for many years they were going no where and they still haven`t gone anywhere to be completely frank. Ok so they`ve gone back up to league 1, but to start talking about being the top team on the south coast? And then making comments about us like that?

Mr Mitchell needs to look in the mirror and realise that the only stagnant club on the south coast is Bournemouth.

He even forgets Brighton, now I know that they are not really considered a part of the rivalry (though nor are the Cherries), but with a new stadium on the way, top form last year and owners who seem to care, I would be more worried about their goings on than that of Bournemouth.

Eddie Mitchell also said - "I think they will have an uphill battle."

It will be a tough season just like last year, but perhaps he should be concentrating on his own clubs upcoming season instead of making comments about us, considering his side will have their own uphill battle to stay in league 1.

He went on to say - "As much as people believe, it`s not all about money. It might be in the top flight and there is no getting away from it that money helps.``

It`s not all about the money that`s for sure, I mean look at QPR. But money has helped turn our side from a team of youth teamers to a squad that could hold its own in the championship. That`s a very lucrative concept in the lower leagues.

Bournemouth on the other hand? They have had to rely on the FANS to pay up £30,000 to sign a new left back, of course the millionaire property developer Mitchell wouldn`t spend that sort of money?

The difference in quality and the fact that we are promotion favourites, whilst they are down there in the relegation mires in the bookies eyes is perhaps a testament to what money can do.

He also stated - "But there are other contributory factors to success and they are hard work, determination and belief. We have got those in abundance. That`s why I think we will do really well this season, compared with some of the clubs that have got a lot more money to spend.``

Just because we have money we don`t have the determination and belief? It`s the sort of comment you would get from a club who know that they can`t compete financially, what if we also have determination and hard work? Which I would like to believe we do.

'` Mitchell added: "I know we will be underdogs when we play Saints but it`s only the size of their stadium that dictates that. We will have nothing to lose and I would like to think we would come out on top.``

So we are the favourites due to the size of our stadium? I think the reason they are the underdogs is perhaps the fact that we have a squad of top players in this division, the stadium size doesn`t decide who the title contenders are, the squad does.

I guess he was right about one thing though, Portsmouth aren`t going anywhere anytime soon, though even they have a better set up than the one at Dean Court and will still be ahead of the Cherries for some time.

So Before Eddie Mitchell starts calling us a stagnant team, he should remember that we have done more in one year under the management of Nicola and Pardew than Bournemouth have in the last decade, we have a plan to win promotion to the Premier league and are building the foundations of a top football club.

So if anyone is stagnant on the south coast, it`s Bournemouth and their backward deluded chairman.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Red Army Comrade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 30 2010

Time: 10:05AM

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I agree that some of the things that he is reported as saying makes it seem that he has gone off half-cocked. It could be as you say that he is just trying to stoke up a rivalry. His dismissal of the other clubs down here Like Brighton and even Plymouth must seem like a very odd and perhaps arrogant manner of behaviour. They are after all south coast clubs as well and both could have a big say in what occurs overall this season. Pompey have already replied on the field of play winning there this week.
SFC Forever
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30/07/2010 10:33:00

These aren't things he is reported as saying, these are things he has said in an official interview, they couldn't publish something if he didn't actually say it.
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 10:37:00

this is true as even that rag has to be careful. Only thing is that the paper has not printed the questions that he has answered or has it?
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30/07/2010 10:45:00

It hasn't actually published the questions no, just his comments.
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 10:49:00

See, we do questions and answers so that our interviewees have their replies taken in respect to the questions.
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30/07/2010 11:00:00

Such a shame you have to continually publish these sensationalist articles to gain attention. If you believe Bournemouth fans have allowed success to go to our heads then it is actually you who is deluded.
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30/07/2010 11:03:00

I don't think that any of our fans actually believe what he said. In the last few seasons we have made great strides both on and off the pitch and the fans appreciate what he has done. Don't forget to put the spotlight on your own fans though. Last season I read comments in your own local rag from fans criticising both Pompey and us for having financial problems and living above our means. They seem to forget that you were days from going out of business if you hadn't found a sugar daddy. That is not a put down on you and I wish that we could find someone who has and endless supply of cash to pay off our debts and put us on an even keel. The long and the short of it is this. After decades we are in the same league as one of our local rivals. We haven't gone up to your level but you have come down to ours. Over the years we have endured put downs and patronising comments from you, so now we can direct some towards you. Sorry if it is irritating but you know how we have felt over the years.
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30/07/2010 11:27:00

Souithampton supporters coming on Bournemouth forums spelling out how they're so not bothered, articles like this stamping little feet and squealing how big they are and how not bothered they are........
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30/07/2010 11:43:00

I think you were missing the point on the 'size of the stadium' quote... My interpretation of this was that both Saints and AFCB are in the same league on merit, regardless of whether you like to think of yourselves as a higher divvie side... you're not... You are a league 1 side... As are we... and with that fact there is little if anything that should separate us... end of.... Just ask Leeds, Forest, Sheff Weds... how hard it is to get out of this league... I don't think, if you asked, you would get many complaints from AFCB fans that you are better supported financially, but as you quoted in your own article RE QPR... unless you prove it on the field... money means nothing... It's all about spirit, which lil ole AFCB has in abundance.
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30/07/2010 11:43:00

DJ, maybe if your chairman didn't make so many outlandish statements we wouldn't have to answer them.
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 11:47:00

stag·nant (stgnnt) adj. 1. Not moving or flowing; motionless. 2. Foul or stale from standing: stagnant ponds. 3. Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement; not developing or progressing; inactive Bournemouth avoided relegation while weighed down with a ten point deduction - not the players of fans fault - and with a tiny squad. Then they achieved promotion with the same squad made up of non leaguers, kids, the elderly, etc and under a transfer embargo. That's hardly "...Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement..." Meanwhile since 2005 Saints have been on a slide, also faced administration and points deductions, until last season when they stopped the rot and missed the play offs. Now, if as the reporter claims, Bournemouth are stagnant, then Southampton are equally stagnant... if not more so with bigger attendances and more money to spend to get out trouble The truth is Southampton are not a big club. They never were, always the minnows struggling in the big league. But like Notts Forest, Leeds, Sheff Wed, etc some of their fans behave like Big Time Charlies when the league tables tell a very different tale. Get a grip
afcb lost in brum
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30/07/2010 11:49:00

3231brianw i have no problem with any of you having a dig because we have fallen to your level as you put it. In fact I wish more banter could take place. I imagine there will be lots at St Mary's next month when our clubs meet. Goodness knows what we will get if we were to come unstuck against you. I have an inkling that a few comments would arrive on here and definitely on yours. I pop over frequently to your site and where possible make a few comments. I try to be honest with all of my posts and hope that as we get used to this network and grow more of the banter can continue. So no it is not irritating to me as I can see past the comments and can appreciate what you have written.
SFC Forever
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30/07/2010 11:51:00

to say that we are 'stagnant' NOW is something of an ignorant statement, and to say that he believes that Bournemouth will overtake us and Portsmouth is suggesting that we are currently stagnant... we are going places and Bournemouth are not. You want to criticise us for writing articles when your chairman is going out and making outlandish statements?
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 11:51:00

What a sad little site this is, publishing such OTT articles. If you want to grow as a site and get more contributors, do what we at Vitals AFCB have done and work with the club; sponsorship, support initiatives, get comment from club officials and players etc, rather than just publishing bizarre articles that make you lot sound pathetic. As for Mitchell’s comments, we're in the same division as yourselves and Brighton, and although with your resources you should be well above us it doesn't always work like that. Pompey who with their problems will probably end up down here soon. So all us south coast clubs are currently much-of-a-muchness so it's not actually that out-landish a suggestion at the present time. If you want to discredit the suggestion, get yourselves promoted. Until that time, accept that you're on our level.
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30/07/2010 11:57:00

DJ the sensationalism originated in the Echo article. We may beg to differ with several points as is our right. I think in reality that most of us believe we, like you, have turned the corner. I also believe that with a bigger ground you could not only maintain your status but like us look forward to battling for the higher reaches. [Edited by SFC Forever] [Edited by SFC Forever]
SFC Forever
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30/07/2010 11:59:00

Red army comrade, you're beginning to make a habit of writing pointless comments attacking AFC Bournemouth supporters, just for the reaction. Regardless of the comments Mitchell has said, why the need to criticise the supporters?
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30/07/2010 12:08:00

Northstandmark I have now stopped saying ouch. Whilst a lot of what you say can be said about some of our fans, there are a lot more who feel that we are where we deserve to be right at this moment in time. Notwithstanding that fact your chairman has probably said these things for a reason. Not just to upset us and Brighton etc, or the blues down the road. If he was asked how he wants things to go he hardly likely to say that you will be relegated and will return to administration now would he. His aims are good and as long as you control your spending, I can see you doing well this season. Especially if you can keep your manager. When your site says how well you will be doing I can understand. As you say saying is not doing and as you say about us so we can return to you. I will wait with interest to see what is said after the game.
SFC Forever
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30/07/2010 12:12:00

Hey guys, it does not really matter what we say, does it? What matters is what happens on the field of play. So chill. It is only a game of football after all not life and death.
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30/07/2010 12:19:00

Ha ha ha... how long before Red Army Commander starts doing a Brando in On the Waterfront? "We used to be contenders blah blah blah..." You're a joker mate, Mitchell wound you up good and proper and now your whining like a little girl. Even your own fans think you sound foolish for being sucked in, just give it a rest.
afcb lost in brum
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30/07/2010 12:40:00

Oh dear oh dear. afcb lost in brum you seem to be the one who is getting wound up You are the one throwing your toys out of the pram. If you have something sensible to say such as how you will beat us then do so, but why start hurling personal insults? Are you that insecure? :-)
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30/07/2010 12:47:00

Ah, I think the insecurity is all yours. After all we've been through we'll be happy with just staying up, meanwhile if you don't get automatic promotion then - some could say - you'll just be stagnating....
afcb lost in brum
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30/07/2010 12:58:00

afcb lost in brum - I think the fact that the fans fund transfers for your team says alot about your owners faith. He's a very wealthy man but gets the fans to spend 30k?
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 13:00:00

afcb maybe some could but their will be a lot of others openly laughing at us for failing. Unfortunately they will not get the chance as will soon be seen.
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30/07/2010 14:22:00

Well better that for one signing than stagnate.... much like this MB. I've just had a quick look around, there's only about 6 of you that ever post... I've seen busier phone boxes!
afcb lost in brum
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30/07/2010 14:45:00

Afcb lost - the same could be said for your football club, getting all excited over a record of 3,000 season ticket sales???!!! that is PATHETIC, the fact that you are celebrating that shows the difference between us and you. you can take 3,000+ for a cup match against us but little else. By the way we are closer to 15,000 season ticket sales now. Ok so our site isn't the largest, its just had a takeover but things are picking up. Can't say the same for your football club.
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 14:56:00

Do they mind you taking your handbag to work and swinging it around?
afcb lost in brum
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30/07/2010 16:55:00

Afcb lost - you really are angry about a few articles!
Red army comrade
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30/07/2010 17:13:00

I just don't understand what the fuss is all about. the chairman said those things and we reply. Oh I forgot. We aren't supposed to anything we read in the papers are we? Stupid how a few brave souls can get so uptight about something that originated from their own camp.
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30/07/2010 18:33:00

Talking your club up whilst talking another club down says more about the talker than the clubs they're talking about.
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30/07/2010 20:24:00

Point taken mox but it does give a few something to argue about doesn't it.
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31/07/2010 17:15:00


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