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AFC Bournemouth: Club may decide against appointing new chairman
AFC Bournemouth are believed to be weighing up the possibility of deciding against replacing Eddie Mitchell as chairman.
Mitchell vacated the post on Monday after announcing he would be stepping down and selling the family’s shares to joint-owner Maxim Demin.
As a result, the 59-year-old will also resign his directorship, as will his 22-year-old son Josh, who was appointed to the board in July 2011.
Mitchell’s eldest son Tom will remain on the board in his capacity as director of football, as will his son-in-law Neill Blake, who is the club’s chief executive.
Club officials are thought to be pondering several options for the top table, including doing away with the role of chairman.
Current vice-chairman Jeff Mostyn could take a more hands-on role at Dean Court, while Demin, who has continued to keep himself out of the spotlight, is likely to remain in the background.
The new board of directors comprises Mostyn, Blake, Tom Mitchell, Adam Murry, Mikhail Ponomarev, Alexey Panferov and Nicholas Rothwell.
A Football League spokesperson confirmed there was nothing in their rules to say clubs had to have a chairman, although every club had to be run by a “full-time administration”.
Meanwhile, manager Howe and chief executive Blake have spent the past two days in Russia having a strategy meeting with Demin, convened following Mitchell’s decision to stand down.
Speaking to the Daily Echo last night, Howe confirmed Cherries had received no bids for players ahead of the closing of the transfer deadline on Monday.
And he also said the signing of Tokelo Rantie had been completed after the funds had been deposited with Swedish club Malmo.
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