Mark Reeve has warned Diss Town face a daunting task in their pursuit of an immediate return, following relegation being confirmed this week.
After another torrid Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season at Brewers Green Lane, the Tangerines are now preparing for life in the First Division after their fate was finally sealed following a 1-1 draw away at Thetford Town on Monday.
And while Reeve has admitted promotion at the first attempt should be the aim for the club, he was quick to warn it would not be a foregone conclusion.
“I think that this club will obviously want and expect to come straight back up with a club of our size and rightly so but I don’t think it is as easy as that,” he said following the draw.
“However, it is far from a forgone conclusion that we will go down and come straight back up.
“It is not as easy as it sounds, you only have to look at Woodbridge who went down last season and are not doing particularly well this season.
“I think bouncing straight back up will depend on the make-up of the league and who gets promoted.
“Since the new year results haven’t been bad but the club has been struggling for a few seasons now and so perhaps the best thing is for us to bite the bullet, go down and start again.
“We have been in that bottom three for a few seasons and been saved by reprieves without progressing and so in theory we deserve to be where we are, the points total doesn’t lie.
“Perhaps this will bring a change of attitude to some and will make them stop thinking they are better than they are because that is the reality.”
Preparations have already begun with the manger taking the opportunity to use the final three games of the season, starting with a visit of also relegated Ely City in two weeks’ time to run a rule over his current squad as well as taking the chance to blood a host of younger players into the first team.
“I now have to have a look at all the players in the squad to see who we will use next season, which includes some youngsters,” he added.
“There will have to be some changes made but I don’t want to lose a lot of the current squad and have to start all over again with a whole new squad.
“I would like to think that many will stick around because they deserve to give this club another season.
“It is all well and good saying they’re good players, but they have played a part in getting this club in this position and so drifting away doesn’t show the right character.”