Tommy Wright has admitted he didn’t think he and fellow joint-manager Andrew Wilson would have to go to the “extremes” they have in the last few weeks with Corby Town.
The Steelmen’s Calor League Premier Division campaign is petering out with off-field issues continuing to overshadow what is happening on the pitch.
Corby were beaten 2-0 by in-form Hungerford Town on Saturday with Wilson revealing afterwards that some players had been paid while others hadn’t and that he and Wright are now handling a reduced playing budget.
The club remain at loggerheads with Corby Borough Council over funding for the club and for a new sports pavilion at Steel Park.
It has all led to cashflow problems, which have filtered down into the playing squad in recent weeks.
The Steelmen are due to return to action against high-flying Cambridge City at Steel Park on Wednesday night.
And Wright said: “I don’t really know what more we can do.
“We have been firefighting the whole situation. Our phone bills are through the roof and we are the middle men between the powers-that-be and the players.
“That is the role that Stan (Wilson) and I accepted when we took the job in September and I don’t think we thought we would be going to extremes we have been in terms of the conversations we are having with people.
“It is what it is. We are the managers and we have to keep this group together and be as strong as we possibly can.
“The fans have really been behind us in the last few games.
“They have been banging the drum and if we could get a few more down here to give us a push it would be a massive help.
“The reason people are staying away is probably because there is nothing to play for and they see all the off-field problems that are going on.
“It must be as frustrating for them to see what is happening to their club as it is for me and Stan with what we are seeing before our eyes.”
Wright, meanwhile, is hoping Skrill North side Harrogate Town will be “nice” to the Steelmen when it comes to extending the loan spell of Cleveland Taylor.
The forward has been a key player for Corby during the recent troubles but Wright is now concerned that they may not be able to afford to keep him.
“We now have to hope that Harrogate are nice to us and that we can pay a lot less towards it because the money isn’t there to have the luxury of having a player of Cleveland’s quality and experience,” the Corby joint-boss added.
“We made him captain when Gareth Jelleyman wasn’t playing and that is how highly we rate him.”