Gary Mills insists he is looking forward to the big task at hand at Corby Town.
The new Steelmen boss’ first game in charge gave him a firm indication, in case he needed one, of what lies ahead as they were well beaten 2-0 by Nantwich Town, who maintained their unbeaten away record in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division at Steel Park.
The loss has left Corby five points adrift of safety with more than a third of the league season now being completed.
And while Mills was careful not to be overly critical, he admitted he has a dressing room “low on confidence, belief and togetherness”.
“I knew this was going to be a tough job but I am looking forward to it,” the new Steelmen boss said.
“They (Nantwich) were the better team, I don’t think there is any denying that. They were better all over the pitch.
“But they are a young group, our boys. They are a naive group at the minute and it’s up to me and David (assistant-manager Bell) to pick them up.
“They are low on confidence, low on belief and low on togetherness so it’s a changing room that’s really down and it’s up to me to lift them up.
“It wasn’t the high energy standard that I want to set. It took us until the 44th minute to put a tackle in I think and that’s not good enough.
“But I am not going to stand here and criticise the lads, they are low enough as it is. I want to remain as positive as I can with them.
“I can’t stand here and say they didn’t try. They tried their best and their best wasn’t good enough.”
Mills completed three new signings ahead of the clash with Nathan Fox returning to the club while James Jepson and Jake Jones made their debuts from the substitutes’ bench.
And Mills added: “It’s difficult for the players coming in, they are going into a new group.
“But we are going to train hard this week, it’s important the lads know it is going to be a hard week.
“And hopefully we can put one two things in place for what is going to be a tough, tough season.”