BOURNEMOUTH chairman Eddie Mitchell believes Lee Bradbury and Steve Fletcher have done a top job at the Dean Court helm.
It was a bold move by Mitchell to turn to the two senior payers after manager Eddie Howe left for Burnley in January.
The Cherries are aiming to seal back-to-back promotions for the first time (they joined the Football League in 1923).
“Lee and Steve have had a very difficult task and it must have been the hardest job in the world to step aside from the boys and start managing them,” said Mitchell.
“It would have been a recipe for disaster for some people but they have managed it well and have come through.
“I think they will go on to even better things. They have proved a popular choice and credit must go to them and to the boys for accepting and helping them.
“They had a hard act to follow and have followed it fantastically. They have certainly done their bit.
“Everybody should get behind them and the boys during the play-offs.
“Whatever happens now, we can be proud of ourselves. Our aim at the start of the season was to stay in this division and not return to the league below and we have been successful.”
Mitchell added: “We have got to focus on building a club which could consolidate in the league above. I think we can do it but it takes time and dedication.
“My dream would be to take the club as far as it can go and that would be the Premier League.
“Blackpool did it and it would not be impossible for us to do it but it would need everybody’s effort.
“It remains to be seen how far we can go. I would jack in if ever we were to sit still or go backwards. I am only in it to go forward.
“When I think my work is done at the club then I will find another challenge.
“Football is a business, and a big business. We have been successful because everybody pulls in the same direction and it is unbelievable how far we have come in two years. It is all down to hard work, not money.”