CHAIRMAN Eddie Mitchell is targeting talks with the Football League after Cherries’ long-standing tax slate was yesterday wiped clean.
HM Revenue & Customs’ winding-up petition against the club was dismissed at Liverpool Combined Court following the club’s final payment to the tax man at the end of last week.
And with Cherries’ football creditors now also paid up to date, Mitchell is set to launch another bid to have the club’s ongoing transfer embargo either lifted or relaxed.
Mitchell told the Echo: “We will certainly make approaches to the Football League. We’ll be discussing it at the next board meeting and it is foremost in our minds. It would be nice to strengthen
the squad and have cover for any injuries.
“First and foremost, the issue with the Football League was the football creditors and they have all been paid now. Now we’ve paid the tax man, so we’re working towards what the league wants.
“Once the position is right, we’ll approach them again.”
Having seen off the threat of the Revenue, Mitchell is now expected to turn his attentions to Dean Court landlords Structadene.
When asked by the Echo if the club’s rent payments were up to date, Mitchell said: “We are bang up to date with the rent, but we have got some deferred payments. It’s mounting up as each week goes
by, but we are hoping to get an agreement in place with the landlords and that’s an area we are addressing.
“Jeff (Mostyn) has been dealing with that side of things and they seem to be on our side. Hopefully we can sort things out properly with them.
“Our intention is to pay everyone who we owe money to. It will take time and patience from those who are owed money, but unfortunately the tax man didn’t have any patience left.”
The club’s coffers could be further boosted by a victory and a big crowd when Cherries meet Notts County in the second round of the FA Cup on November 28 – with Mitchell already targeting a big
draw when the Premier League big-guns enter the competition.
Cherries were denied a glamour tie against Blackburn Rovers after bowing out to Blue Square North side Blyth Spartans last season and Mitchell added: “If we can get 8,000 in for the FA Cup game
against Notts County, that would be fantastic.
“It will help revenue-wise and will help boost the profile of the club.
“Everyone will benefit if we win and an extra 2,000 or 3,000 supporters could be our 12th man.
“We all want a big draw in the third round and some good support against Notts County can help achieve that.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell confirmed that an agreement had been reached with long-term benefactor John Piper over a loan of £30,000 to the football club.
Mitchell added: “We’ve agreed terms with Mr Piper through the county court and we intend to honour them.”