CHERRIES’ new chairman Bill Foley says “connection to the community” will be the “foundation” he is looking to harness at his new club.

Foley is managing general partner of the club’s new ownership group, Black Knight Football Club, which have acquired 100 per cent of Cherries from Maxim Demin.

The American businessman, who turns 78 later this month, has enjoyed success in sport with ice hockey side Vegas Golden Knights.

He attended his first Cherries match in October, a 2-1 victory over Leicester City, and is set to return when Crystal Palace visit on December 31, having already bought a home in the local area.

Speaking after the takeover was ratified by the Premier League, Foley said: “I have tremendous respect for the passion and support the Bournemouth community shows for this club and believe that connection to the community is the foundation for success of any sports team.

“We will move forward with an ‘always advance, never retreat’ approach that has defined all of my endeavours.

“I am committed to work with the best football and business minds available to enhance player development, facilities, and the fan experience to put AFC Bournemouth in the best possible position to succeed.”