'We will stay up' - Bournemouth chairman lays down marker for first Premier League campaign
Published 28/04/2015 | 10:30
Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn was still coming to terms with his club's heroics after celebrating their promotion to the Barclays Premier League into the early hours of Tuesday 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 told BBC Radio Solent. "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.
"For me this is achieving the impossible. For all football fans, this is the perfect story and hopefully it gives hope for every club that you can come back from oblivion and get to the Premier League.
"I am so proud of everybody and my total respect to the owner, the chief executive and all the staff. When I first arrived, we could not afford a first-class stamp."
Former England captains Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker were among those who took to Twitter to congratulate the Cherries.
QPR defender Ferdinand, who had a short spell with the south-coast club as a teenager in the 1996/97 campaign, posted: "Congrats to Bournemouth on promotion to the PL..fairytale stuff-Bet the players aren't washing their kit like they were when I loaned there!"
In light of recent criticism of champions elect "boring, boring Chelsea", Match of the Day host Lineker wrote: "Tell you who don't play boring football; Bournemouth. They'll be an excellent addition to the PL. Look forward to welcoming them on MOTD."
He added: "The achievements of Eddie Howe at Bournemouth make me wonder whether we've possibly found the English 'special one'."