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It didn’t come as any real shock that Paul Groves got the AFC Bournemouth manager’s job on a permanent basis, especially after Mr Mitchell gave him a vote of confidence.

The question is why? His record in management is hardly breath-taking, in fact its not even average. In just over two years at Grimsby he managed just 23 wins in a 103 games. In his short time at AFC Bournemouth he managed two wins in eight. Looking past his record his personality is hardly inspiring. If he was a colour he would be magnolia, if he was ice cream he would be vanilla.

Mr Mitchell wants bums on seats, he wants the team playing attractive football, he wants AFC Bournemouth in the Championship. The appointment of Paul Groves will struggle to fulfil any of the above criteria. Will he bring in the floating supporter? No, he wont. Will he get the team playing attractive football? Maybe, but what we have seen so far has been some of the dullest football seen throughout the 2011/12 season. Will he get AFC Bournemouth in the Championship, we hope so but we dont think so.

Mr Mitchell, as always, has a lot to say about the future prospects of the club, but we get the impression he is more interested in building a great-looking staduim than a great-looking team.

As always we would loved to be proved wrong, we would love to wake up in April 2013 and see AFC Bournemouth 10 points clear at the top of the table. We would love to see Paul Groves parade the Championship trophy around Dean Court. Unfortunately, we just don’t believe.

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