Mark Peters insists there is a “clean slate” for the Corby Town squad as they prepare for a trip to Arlesey Town in the Calor League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday).
Interim manager Peters takes charge of the Steelmen for the first time having previously been the assistant to Chris Plummer, who resigned following the 6-0 hammering at Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday.
That made it two successive defeats at the start of the season for Corby after they were beaten 3-0 at home by Burnham on the opening day.
Peters has already declared his interest in taking the job on a permanent basis, although other names have already been linked to the vacant position including former Steelmen boss Graham Drury and Spalding United manager Pat Rayment, who used to play for the club.
But Peters will be in charge for tomorrow’s clash against an Arlesey side who have won two out of two so far and for the Bank Holiday Monday game against Hinckley United at Steel Park.
And he has urged the Corby players to show the right amount of passion when they step out tomorrow.
“The slate is wiped clean as far as I am concerned,” the interim manager said.
“It doesn’t matter what has happened in the first two games now. What does matter is that the players show they are committed to the club.
“If the players are not producing the goods then, regardless of who the next manager is, they are at risk. I certainly wouldn’t be shy in making changes if they are needed.
“It is a cut throat game and business and everyone has an opportunity to show what they can do.
“Arlesey are a good side, I know some of their players and they have started the season well.
“But it doesn’t really matter about the opposition. We have to concentrate on ourselves and the players must show the right amount of passion.
“You can talk tactics and strategy until you are blue in the face but if you don’t have the desire, then you won’t get very far.”
Peters has already made a change to the Corby squad after it was confirmed Northampton Town striker David Moyo has joined the Steelmen on loan for a month.
Central defender Paul Malone will make his 100th appearance in Corby colours should he feature in tomorrow’s game.