Marcus Law knows Kettering Town’s fans will be expecting their team to be at “the right end of the table” next season.
Law returned for a second spell as Poppies manager yesterday after he was confirmed as the successor to joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin.
He can now begin the preparations for an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign after Kettering romped to the Division One Central title last season.
Law believes the Poppies will be regarded as one of the big guns in the division next season.
But while he knows the fans’ focus will be on the first-team, he insists that is just one part of a “huge project” at Latimer Park.
“This club is a non-League giant at the end of the day,” Law, who had a stint as Poppies boss during the 2010-11 season, said.
“It will be a tough division and teams will come to our ground and enjoy a big crowd while our away games will attract more supporters for our opponents.
“Every team will be up for it when they play us but there are other big clubs in the division as well.
“This is a huge project and it’s not just about the first-team squad that will be playing on a Saturday.
“The club are already working very hard on establishing their academy and community projects as well and I am looking forward to helping with that.
“But I am well aware that the supporters round here love their football and they will want to see their team at the right end of the table.”
Law now expects there to be a “bedding in period” as he begins the task of putting together his squad for next season.
Four players have already departed while the remainder of the title-winning squad await to see what happens next.
One player Law knows well is club legend Brett Solkhon who played under him during his first stint with the Poppies.
And the new Kettering boss believes the midfielder will be a “good source of information” in the coming days and weeks.
“We will take stock of everything and there will be a bedding in period,” Law said.
“But our priority will be to get pre-season set up and making sure we have a squad in place that is ready to compete in a tough division.
“The club have come up from a difficult league and it certainly won’t be a case of me going in there and swinging an axe.
“I obviously know Brett from the last time I was here and I am sure he will have an influence on me, given that I know him personally.
“I have kept in touch with him so there is already a relationship there.
“He will be a good source of information for me because I know there aren’t many people who love this club as much as he does.”