Gary Mills knows full well Corby Town are in a “relegation dogfight” in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The Steelmen find themselves five points adrift of safety after the new Steelmen boss’ first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat to Nantwich Town at Steel Park.
Corby are five points adrift of safety with a third of the league season now completed.
And Mills insists he will need players who have “the stomach for a fight” if they are to haul themselves out of trouble.
“I’ve made it clear to the players that we are in a relegation dogfight and if they haven’t got the stomach for a fight then they won’t be with us,” he said.
“I need people who are 100 per cent on board and ready to put a shift in for Corby Town and myself.”
Mills, meanwhile, has welcomed the fact he will has a free week in front of him.
The Steelmen now take a break from the league action as they prepare to take on Premier Division rivals Stafford Rangers in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy at Steel Park next weekend.
It will mean a busy couple of days on the training ground for the Corby boss and his players.
He added: “I haven’t had any time with them on the training pitch whatsoever.
“I am looking forward to a productive week and hopefully we will see the benefits of it in the months to come.”