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Ex-Cherries chairman Mitchell pledges commitment to Poole Town
EDDIE Mitchell has reiterated his commitment to Poole Town and scotched rumours he could be pondering investing in another Football League club.
Mitchell, who sold his stake in AFC Bournemouth in September, has a two-year option to purchase a majority shareholding in the progressive Southern League outfit.
The former Cherries chairman would almost certainly take a controlling interest in Poole should he help the club in its bid to build a new stadium.
However, suggestions Mitchell could be preparing to explore other avenues have been fuelled by his attendance at both Yeovil and Portsmouth in recent weeks.
Mitchell is understood to have watched Yeovil's past three home games in the Championship, while he was at Fratton Park on Saturday to see Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon.
But the Sandbanks-based property developer, who helped revive Cherries' fortunes during four years at Dean Court, is adamant Poole remains his priority.
Mitchell, who brokered an agreement with Poole owners Clive Robbins and Chris Reeves before Christmas, told the Daily Echo: “I am 110 per cent behind Poole Town.
“I have only really scratched the surface in getting to know the club but the people who run it, especially Chris Reeves, have done a fantastic job.
“They don't get paid and they don't have any privileges. It is so refreshing to see football at grassroots level being run professionally and through hard work.
“I have been gobsmacked and it has humbled me. I can go in there with a few quid or a few ideas but someone like Chris has given his heart and soul to the club when it has been knocked from pillar to post.
“Everything they have, they have had to fight for. It is easy for someone like me to get a lot of praise but what I am doing is negligible compared with what those guys have done. I am really fired up about trying to help as best I can and I really want to do as much as I can.”
Mitchell is exploring several possible sites for a new permanent home for the Dolphins, including their current base at Tatnam where they are 10 years into a 21-year lease. And he said work was today due to start on a temporary 90-seater clubhouse which would “comply with the necessary needs if we were fortunate enough to get promotion”.
Poole's progress on the pitch has been checked by a number of recent postponements, a factor Mitchell said had been behind his attendance at other games.
He added: “They haven't had any games so I have decided to go to the nearest venues - Portsmouth and Yeovil. I have also been to Fulham and am going to the Emirates in a couple of weeks. I have really enjoyed myself.”
When asked by the Daily Echo why he had not been attending Cherries games, Mitchell politely declined to comment.