Day: September 11, 2011

Eddie Mitchell Gives Bournemouth Some Unwanted Publicity

If the start of this season in League One has been notable for one thing, it has been for the under-achievement of those clubs which arguably over-achieved last season. After seven matches, the bottom four of Rochdale, Bournemouth, Leyton Orient and Exeter City are all clubs did extremely well when swimming against the current last season, but all are finding the going to be considerably more difficult this time around. This in itself shouldn’t be too much of a cause to be troubled over their well-being in a broader context, but in the case of one of them, AFC Bournemouth, a degree of discontent over the way that the club is being managed at present has, over the last seven days or so, blown up into something all the more extraordinary. Over the last decade or so, AFC Bournemouth has been a club which has had more than its fair share of financial difficulties. After its last stay in administration, the club’s take-over by local businessman Eddie Mitchell, who had previously been involved at Blue Square South club Dorchester Town, in June 2009 was supposed to usher in a new era of relative harmony and stability at the club. A little more than two years later, however, even though the club only narrowly missed out on a place in the League One play-offs at the end of last season...

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Can Coventry City Emerge From The Shadows Of The Championship?

The unmistakeably musty scent of stagnation has been in the air at Coventry City of late. As memories of the club as mainstays of the top division of English football fade to become little more than a memory, this is a club that feels shiftless, as if it hasn’t successfully asserted a new identity since leaving Highfield Road for The Ricoh Stadium in 2005. Last season saw the club finish in eighteenth place in the Championship, comfortably above the relegation places but still perhaps looking over its shoulder as the new season started. In this division, there are no guarantees that newly-promoted clubs will be amongst the flotsam and jetsam at the foot of the table, and as we head towards the middle of September with two of them, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton, at the top of the table and starting to dream of something that looked so unlikely this time last year – a place in the Premier League – Coventry are starting to look like the forgotten men of the Championship. It was in┬áDecember 2007 and Ray Ranson and the SISU group successfully completed the takeover of the football club with only minutes left to spare before the club was placed into administration. A brave new world, however, has failed to materialise at the club and any honeymoon period for the new owners ended long...

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