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Cherries: Mitchell insists Groves is going nowhere, despite protests
EDDIE Mitchell has given his unequivocal backing to beleaguered boss Paul Groves but also insisted he would not shy away from making tough decisions.
Mitchell said he was speaking on behalf of the club’s board when he gave Groves an overwhelming vote of confidence to remain as manager.
Groves again came under heavy fire from supporters following Cherries ’ 2-1 defeat by League One rivals Walsall at Goldsands Stadium on Saturday.
Calls for his head reverberated around the ground following the final whistle, while Mitchell later attempted to address a large group of irate fans outside.
Despite his efforts to speak, a minority of protesters continued to heckle Mitchell who was struck on the head after a matchday programme had been hurled in his direction.
In an interview with the Daily Echo yesterday, Mitchell said: “I was trying to tell them that I know things are not right. Everybody can see that, including the manager. There is an ingredient missing which we have got to find. Whether it is this manager or any other manager, it isn’t easily found.
“I know the history of the club and I know it has had a lot of ups and downs. I want to get a settled situation. I have managed to do that off the pitch and now we have got to do it on the pitch as well. We are not playing attractive football and have got to find a way to do that.
“I have spoken with the manager and we are very frustrated. We are searching for the answer. I am under pressure from lots of people to change things, just about everybody – including my dog!
“I have got to find a way of changing things but I have got to do it correctly. I have no immediate intention to relieve anybody of their duties. But I have got to soul-search and find a way to make it better.
“Some people have been telling me not to do anything rash and others have been saying I should sack the manager. We have all got our opinions but it is my responsibility to stick behind and believe in the people I employ.
“At this moment in time, I have to stand by my decision to employ Paul as manager. We have got to be rational about it and try to get it right for everybody. I am not frightened to do whatever it takes and, if I have to make tough decisions, I will.
“I try to do things rationally and fairly.”
Asked whether he felt Groves was the right man for the job, Mitchell replied: “I do but it is for him to prove to the supporters and we have all got to help him and help the players start performing to their capabilities. Then, we will start winning.
“They are not at the moment but I don’t think that is because there are loggerheads or differences of opinion between players and management. It just isn’t happening and I know it can’t go on forever. But, at this moment in time, I have got to support the people in the jobs.”