Kettering Town boss Alan Doyle admits that even if the Southern League allow them to continue it is unlikely he will be able to get a side together for this weekend.
The Poppies have until tonight to meet certain criteria laid out or they could face being kicked out of the competition.
If that happens it almost certainly means the club will cease to exist in its current format.
However, Doyle is optimistic the announcement will be favourable following tonight’s deadline after seemingly reaching agreement with players regarding their payment.
But even if the club is reprieved, the manager thinks it will be next week before he is able to put a team together.
“At the moment we only have five registered players – and one of those is probably going to leave,” Doyle said.
“It is too late to get a squad together for Saturday even if we do get the green light from the league.
“I’ve been in touch with three League clubs and three Conference clubs but I obviously there is no point talking to them about specific players until we know what is happening.
“I’ve been working really hard on this but it’s not easy.
“We’ve held two lots of trials but, to be honest, if there is one lad who would make a good sub then that is about it.
“I’ve got a list of about 30 or 40 players I would like but I’ve got to be realistic that I won’t get any of them.
“I’ve got to keep being hopeful that we will get something sorted but even if we get the green light it is going to be a while before we can get a decent team together.
“It might even be that it is after Christmas before we get a good team out.
“But I’ve got to believe we can do it.
“Even if we play on, the odds are we will go down.
“But at least we will still be alive and only drop down one league.
“If the club folds it will have to start again at least four leagues down.”