Alan Doyle is hoping the hours he is spending on the phone will be worthwhile when 3pm on Saturday arrives.
Most of Doyle’s days at the moment are taken up with calling clubs and contacts to beg and borrow players in a bid to ensure Kettering Town put a side out this weekend.
The majority of responses have been favourable but he also admitted to being frustrated at some promises not being fulfilled.
“Some people have been really great,” Poppies boss Doyle explained. “But some haven’t.
“There are a few who made a lot of promises that they have now backed away from.
“I can understand to some extent that they don’t want to send us players because of what has happened here before.
“But they could at least be nice!
“One club that is helping us a lot is Stoke City.
“I built up a good relationship with them during pre-season and they are being really helpful.
“Another is Marcus Law at Tamworth who is doing what he can to help us.
“In the meantime I am just on the phone all the time.
“I just want to do the best we can for the club and get as good a side out as possible.
“I’m having to be very persuasive and I suppose I am putting my reputation on the line a bit.
“But really we have no choice.”
As it stands, Doyle has amassed enough players to be able to get a team out.
However, he is still trying to recruit and is desperate to get some more experience in the side.
He said: “I would love to be able to say ‘we’ll have him, we’ll have him and we’ll have him’.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
“Over two blank weekends we looked at over 400 players and, to be honest, only a couple of them were anywhere near good enough.
“At the moment we have got 15 or 16 signed on.
“Most of them are young lads but we have got Pat Noubissie coming back and I’m trying to get some more experience around them - including a goalkeeper if possible.
“We have to be realistic about the sort of player we can bring in at this stage.
“The prospect over the next couple of months is that we could have a turnover of more than 50 players.
“That is just the way it might have to be.
“But we are trying hard to get it sorted.
“It will be a relief when three o’clock on Saturday comes along, though.
“My wife is getting a bit fed up with it! She just locks herself in a different room and leaves me to get on with the phoning at the moment.
“I’ve told her it won’t be like this all the time.
“And I am looking forward to getting back to the football side of it.”
Among the players signed on are Noubissie, Mark Pryer and Harry Beckley who have all had previous spells with Kettering.