Dean Greygoose has warned his Mildenhall Town players that they are playing for their futures at Recreation Way for the rest of the season.
After being given the manager’s job permanently on Monday — following a successful four-month spell as interim boss — Greygoose now plans to use the final seven games of the season to see which players he wants to keep for the 2015/16 campaign.
“It’s crunch time now,” revealed the Hall boss. “These first months were about steadying the ship and getting my philosophy across.
“I’m looking for players who want to win things.
“Some of the players are playing for their futures.
“I want to go places next season and I need players who are going to be professional.”
Greygoose was expecting to inform his players about his plans for the remainder of the season at training last night, ahead of their short 19-mile trip to play Thetford Town tomorrow (3pm).
And after a 3-2 defeat at relegation-threatened FC Clacton at the weekend, the Mildenhall boss will be hoping for a reaction when his side go up against the opponents which started his reign as interim boss back in November.
“Thetford was my first game in charge so it will show how far we’ve come,” said Greygoose. “It will be a different game to Saturday. Thetford are a different type of team to Clacton.
“We’re not getting behind teams enough. I’ll be looking for us to be better in possession and try to keep the ball.”
Mildenhall (ninth) will be without Dave Werthmann, Alex Steed and James McCabe for this weekend’s visit to Mundford Road, with Greygoose hoping to give more minutes to some of the club’s promising under-18s players, such as 16-year-old midfielder Jamie Hilton.
n Thetford (16th) prepare for the visit of Mildenhall off the back of a 3-0 defeat at Whitton United on Tuesday night.
Mark Scott’s side are winless from their last three games, but will be hoping to complete a double over Mildenhall, after beating them 2-1 earlier this season.
n Walsham-le-Willows (14th) host Hadeligh United tomorrow (3pm) full of confidence after booking their place in the League Challenge Cup final earlier this week.
The Willows defeated Godmanchester Rovers 4-2 after extra-time in Tuesday’s semi-final at Summer Road.
Paul Smith’s side will take on Premier Division leaders Norwich United in the final on May 2.
n In the First Division, Team Bury (11th) can climb back into the top 10 with a win at Downham Town tomorrow (3pm), before visiting AFC Sudbury Reserves on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
The Blues suffered back-to-back defeats at Ram Meadow in the last week against Great Yarmouth Town (0-1) and Long Melford (0-3).
n Stowmarket Town (13th) were also beaten twice, losing at Downham Town (2-4, Saturday) and Debenham LC (0-1, Tuesday) and are without a game this weekend,