Chris Plummer admitted the Corby Town dressing-room was “shattered” after they were relegated from the Blue Square Bet North.
With nearly 2,000 people packed into Steel Park after the club had allowed free entry for their final game of the season with Gainsborough Trinity, the Steelmen were held to a 0-0 draw.
With Histon gaining the same result at Bradford Park Avenue, it meant Plummer’s men went down by just a single goal.
In truth, Corby didn’t do enough to win the game and the manager was understandably downhearted after the news of Histon’t result came through.
And he conceded that this wasn’t the day that Corby went down as he pointed to results earlier in the season, particularly the shocking 6-3 defeat at bottom side Hinckley United a few weeks ago.
“We are all very bitterly disappointed,” Plummer said.
“We thought we would get enough today and get the result we needed. The boys gave it everything and we had chances, certainly in the first half. But it wasn’t to be.
“We didn’t lose it today, we lost it earlier in the season but everyone is completely shattered.
“The Hinckley game is one you can definitely pick out. Going to the side at the bottom of the league who had only won one game all season and being 4-0 down after half-an-hour was not what was required.
“Goal difference has sent us down and there have been other games where our inexperience has cost us and we have conceded four or five goals in games. There have been too many heavy defeats.
“The goals against column has really cost us, it has not been good enough and we know that.”
Plummer is expecting to meet chairman Kevin Ingram to discuss his own future during next week.
But he insists he would like the chance to help Corby “bounce back” at the first attempt.
He added: “It was fantastic support today and it was great to see that many people in the stadium.
“I wish we could have got the result to keep us up and no-one is more disappointed than myself.
“All I can say is that if I am still here, I will do my best to help the club bounce straight back.
“There will be discussions with the chairman this week I would have thought. Nothing has really been said but I would be keen to start afresh and have a full pre-season and get the players I want to get in.
“We will meet this week I am sure and have a good chat and see what the plans are and take it from there.”