EDDIE Howe says it will be a "sad moment" for him when Cherries leave Dean Court – but he accepts a move is required if the club is to fulfill its dreams.

Cherries last week stated their intention to leave their home of more than 100 years for an as yet unidentified location in the town, in time for season 2020-21.

"It’s a difficult one for me because I have such strong and fond memories of this ground and everything that’s associated with it," said Howe.

"So it will be a very sad moment if the club does leave this part of town, but you have to think of the long-term benefits.

"It is in everybody's interests that the club is strong."

Bournemouth Borough Council's planning department are opposed to an expansion of Cherries' Kings Park-based home.

And with Vitality Stadium housing 9,000 fewer fans than any other top-flight ground, the manager says it is vital more people can watch his team.

"We’re looking to build the club from the bottom upwards," added Howe.

"The facilities have to improve, the size of the stadium is key, we want more seats for our supporters to come and watch us play. I think to grow the club like we want to, the stadium is a key part of the dream."