Cherries chairman says thanks to fans

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Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell has thanked the club's fans after settling the Cherries' tax bill with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

The Cherries were due in court next week over HMRC's winding-up petition however that is now set to be thrown out after they settled a debt of around £314,000.

The club raised approximately £300,000 after an early season-ticket sales drive and Mitchell was grateful for the support from the fans.

"I thank them for the support they have given me to help me get the investment. They have played as big a part as I have in supporting me to have the enthusiasm and energy to raise the investment," Mitchell told the Bournemouth Echo.

"From our fans' forums and VIP forums, everyone has given me the encouragement to find a way forward. I'm steering the ship and have found a way forward - my thanks go to them for rowing so hard. We're all in this together.

"The aim now is to keep it (the finances) within a manageable situation, but if the fans don't turn up we can't do that. Wouldn't it be nice to start that on Saturday with a large gate, supporting Eddie Howe, who is working hard."

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