Corby Town are facing yet another fight against relegation.
Nearly eight months have passed since the Steelmen suffered the drop from the Vanarama National League North.
But, after a disastrous start to life in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division, they are staring a second demotion in the space of a year in the face.
There has been no honeymoon period for Gary Mills since he became the permanent successor to Tommy Wright.
Last weekend’s poor 2-0 defeat to Barwell at Steel Park was Corby’s fifth defeat in six league matches since Mills was appointed.
But he conceded that was the worst of the lot as an abject display made it all-too easy for Barwell, who had Callum Ball – recently released by the Steelmen – on the scoresheet.
Mills has been busy throwing a new group of players together.
And, as they prepare for a crucial trip to second-from-bottom Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, the manager has warned his squad that a lack of effort or desire won’t be tolerated.
“I was disappointed last weekend,” Mills said.
“And the main reason for that was because since I have been here I feel the players have given me everything.
“But last Saturday, there were one or two who fell below the standards we expect from them.
“We aren’t Barcelona, we aren’t going to complete 500-600 passes in each game.
“Players will make mistakes, they will make bad decisions and give the ball away but I can accept that.
“What I won’t accept is a lack of effort and a lack of desire.
“If we are going to get out of this situation, it is those attributes that will make it happen.”