Bournemouth: ‘He came, he saw – and the foxes were conquered’

MK Michener, BBC Sport

He came, he looked – and the foxes were conquered.

The trip to potential new owner Bill Foley was running like clockwork, ever since fans got wind of a special flight traveling from Las Vegas to Bournemouth.

The majority owner of the Vegas Golden Knights visited the club, met with players at the training ground, and was very visible watching Saturday’s game against Leicester from an executive box, while news filtered that the takeover was in place. was signed and is now awaiting approval from the Premier League.

It was as if the new man at the top had scripted a thrilling return to back win – before a coup by Ryan Christie was implemented, Leicester’s first-half lead was canceled out by Philip Billing’s crisp, walled finish. was given. De Grace for a 2-1 win.

Foley seemed to enjoy what he saw, warmly applauding and celebrating the goals with technical director Richard Hughes and his assistant Simon Francis, two men immersed in cherry lore from their playing days – while they Fans were delighted to pose for photos outside the Vitality Stadium. ,

So, as the Premier League follows through on its regulatory procedures relating to new owners – a process that is likely to take weeks rather than days – speculation continues.

Will Gary O’Neill’s five-match unbeaten run give him the keys to the manager’s office? Will Foley buy back the grounds, or build a new stadium elsewhere? (or both?)

For some informed perspective on what the deal could mean for Bournemouth, BBC Radio Solent recommends talks with ex-Cherry chairman Trevor Watkins – now an international sports lawyer who has spearheaded a Premier League club takeover. Worked on – before Saturday’s game.

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