Gary Mills is desperate to create a “good buzz” at Corby Town.
The new Steelmen boss is now into his first full week in charge of the club after the former Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town player was confirmed as the successor to Tommy Wright ahead of last Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park.
Mills’ and assistant-manager David Bell’s first game at the helm ended in a 2-0 defeat to Nantwich Town last weekend, a result that left Corby five points adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
It now seems certain that the Steelmen will be battling to avoid a second successive relegation this season.
And Mills, who left his role as assistant-manager at King’s Lynn Town to take over at Steel Park, insists he is ready for the challenge.
But, first and foremost, he is hoping for a reaction from the Steelmen squad when they take on league rivals Stafford Rangers in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy at Steel Park on Saturday.
“It’s the worst kept secret that we are in a relegation battle but it does hit home when you see it for the first time,” Mills said.
“We know the situation at the club and we know what we have go to do. But I think the reaction to me, overall, has been positive.
“I’ve seen everything for myself now and it’s a case of looking forward.
“We will certainly be putting one or two things in place ahead of this weekend.
“I am expecting a reaction from last Saturday, I want the boys to enjoy coming into training this week.
“Hopefully we can create a good buzz around the squad and get that good feeling.
“We need the lads coming in and working hard and we need to install a bit of spirit and togetherness.”