“It’s literally an impossible job to get it right.”
So says chairman David Cardoza in reflecting how it has cost £7m over the last nine years to leave Northampton Town at the bottom of the Football League.
Yet he has no option other than promising to make more funds available for Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd during this month’s transfer window.
The wage bill went up by £350,000 last summer in backing Gary Johnson to build a promotion-winning squad.
Now the only way is up because dropping into non-League football would inevitably lead to a very serious situation financially with lower income.
You only have to take a quick look at the Blue Square Bet Premier table to see how many former League clubs have been unable to bounce back.
The reality is that the Cobblers are facing a fight for survival.
If this isn’t a crisis then perhaps it’s time to be concerned about a fixture list next season which could see the likes of Braintree Town and Forest Green Rovers heading to Sixfields.
Instead of talking about potential and dreaming about going to a higher level, Northampton need to focus on staying up.
They came close to finishing in the bottom two instead of Lincoln City and Stockport County last season and another relegation battle could ultimately leave the Cobblers counting the cost of their mistakes.
Even if they secure safety, there is no doubt that this has been a nightmare campaign.
Cardoza vowed to “keep going” during a ‘special report’ at the start of BBC One’s Late Kick-Off on Monday night.
Despite being level on points with Plymouth Argyle and Dagenham & Redbridge, yet again it was wrongly reported that Northampton are ‘rock bottom’ of npower League Two.
A second home win of the season against Barnet on Saturday would put them back within touching distance and drag the Bees into danger.
But they must surely address the defensive errors highlighted by former Cobblers striker Leon McKenzie rather than bemoaning ‘bad luck’ which was offered as another excuse by fellow guest Perry Groves following last weekend’s 5-2 defeat to Southend United.