Chris Plummer believes adding some experience will be key if Corby Town are to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt next season.
The Steelmen were doomed to the drop from the Blue Square Bet North at the weekend following a 0-0 draw with Gainsborough Trinity at Steel Park.
Histon’s 0-0 stalemate at Bradford Park Avenue ensured the Stutes survived on the final day of the season by the narrowest of margins - just one goal separated the two teams in the end.
But Corby must now face up to life at a lower level - most likely to be in the Southern League Premier Division.
Plummer doesn’t yet know whether he will still be the club’s manager next season and expects to discuss his future with chairman Kevin Ingram this week.
Despite having to work within a tight budget during what proved to be a doomed campaign, Plummer believes Ingram has done the right thing in steadying the ship off the field.
And he feels Corby can hit back next season if they are able to add to the squad in key areas.
“Obviously I took over as manager having been part of what happened in the first five games,” Plummer said.
“We lost all of them so it feels like we have been fighting relegation all season.
“We have a young group of players and there is talent in there. We need to add some quality and experience but that all comes at a cost.
“The chairman is doing his best and he took over a club that was on its knees this time last year, it was in real trouble.
“He has done good things behind the scenes to try to turn it around and the budget is the budget. I have talked about that in the past but we knew what it would be and we knew it would be tough.
“But the chairman is doing things the right way. Unfortunately, we haven’t had enough about us to stay in the division this year.
“But if the club can retain most of the squad and add some experience to it at the next level down then I would be confident of them getting back there.
“This has been the first year at this level for a lot of these players. The average age of the squad is very, very young and it has been the know-how that has cost us on a number of occasions.”
In the past, some teams who have been in the final relegation places have received reprieves due to financial problems at other clubs.
The final line-ups for the Football Conference divisions will be confirmed at the league’s annual meeting on June 8.
And Plummer added: “I am not aware of anything that is going to happen but I know Hinckley got a reprieve last year.
“I don’t really know what is ahead but we will know one way or another in a few weeks.
“I will meet with the chairman to see what his plans are because I don’t know at the moment and we will take it from there.”