The following is a statement from former AFC Bournemouth Supporters Trust Directors David Musker and Derek Timoney, who recently have been working at Dean Court to help with the day to day running of the football club, as instructed by Cherries owner Paul Baker…
“On Wednesday afternoon, we received a telephone call from Paul Baker to tell us that he had sold the club that morning. We wish to make it completely clear that, despite his assurances that he would keep us informed and involved in all discussions, this was done without our knowledge and, most certainly, without our support.
“From what we have been told, we believe it is a deal that is far from being in the best interests of the club and have serious concerns about issues surrounding its completion. On Tuesday, Paul told us that he had signed an agreement granting another purchaser preferred bidder status and we find it totally unacceptable that he reneged on this agreement within the space of 24 hours.
“We have been working on behalf of Paul for the past few weeks, putting together the financial information to be sent to prospective purchasers and providing support to the club`s management team and staff on day-to-day operations.
“We have also been party to various discussions regarding the sale, including those with the preferred bidder`s representatives. Although these discussions were still at a relatively early stage, the offer they had made – and Paul had accepted in principle – was an extremely good one, promising a sound financial footing for the club and, at long last, the hope that we could start to move forwards and enjoy a secure and successful future. On the information that we have been given, we believe it was a far better offer than the one Paul accepted.
“We know Paul has been under enormous pressure and we have done everything we can to support him during this time, but we are left feeling extremely disappointed that he has, ultimately, not acted in the best interests of the football club, despite his assurances.”
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