Tommy Wright says his Corby Town squad are playing for their futures as the club heads for the relegation trapdoor.
The Steelmen travel to Bradford Park Avenue tonight (Wednesday) knowing a defeat will mean their one-season stay in the Vanarama National League North will be all-but over.
A loss will leave Wright’s team nine points adrift of safety with just three games to play and with an inferior goal difference.
The Corby boss has admitted he is “resigned” to the club’s fate but he is already looking ahead to next season and confirmed “conversations” with members of the existing squad will be held during the last two weeks of the campaign.
“If you look at the table, we aren’t mathematically down but I don’t think anyone is naive enough to think that we are going to go and win four games and Brackley and Lowestoft aren’t going to claim a win in their final matches,” Wright said.
“I am resigned to our fate and the supporters are as well.
“Teams have been clinical against us and we have learned a lot about the level.
“We have continually made the same mistakes and I really feel we have lacked leadership on the pitch throughout the season. We just haven’t been good enough overall.
“It’s all about our players playing for pride now and playing for their futures whether that is with this club or elsewhere.
“The fact is I will be having conversations over the next two to three weeks because we will have a rebuilding job to do during the summer.
“We will recruit well and I am looking forward to that job, I am probably happier now than I have been since the start of September.
“I am fully focused and already looking forward to next season.”
The Steelmen are set to be without goalkeeper Sam Donkin again this season with Oliver Sutton set to continue between the sticks having made his debut at the weekend.
And Wright confirmed he will “play around with things” when it comes to team selection in the final four matches.
“We have got Danny Draper chomping at the bit for an opportunity, which he will get during the next four games,” the Corby boss added.
“And there are other lads who need time on the pitch so I will be having a little play around with things.”