Friday 19 January 2018

Mostyn: Cherries will enhance the top tier

Jeff Mostyn
Jeff Mostyn

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn was still coming to terms with his club's heroics after celebrating their promotion to the Premier League into the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Cherries' 3-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Bolton on Monday evening left them three points and 19 goals clear of third-placed Middlesbrough with one game to play - all but securing their place among England's elite for the first time.

Mostyn, who wrote a cheque for £100,000 to save the club from liquidation in 2008, tweeted: "OMG just got home 0250 What has just happened so proud of everyone @afcbournemouth on promotion to the @premierleague #DreamsDoComeTrue"

Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson saw off the 10-man Trotters, leaving Mostyn feeling his side had "achieved the impossible".

Eddie Howe's men will no doubt head into next season as favourites for the drop, but Mostyn insisted the Cherries would "enhance" the division and "have as much chance as any of staying up".

"I think we'll survive," he said. "We are going up with Watford and we've got four points from them this year, we beat QPR last year and we should have got more points from Burnley.

"The way we play football we'll enhance the Premier League and I think of any team that has been promoted in recent years, we have as much chance as any of staying up."

Looking back at the club's remarkable rise, he added: "Six years ago we were on the edge of abyss."

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