Alan Alsop is hoping a change in fortunes will help Mildenhall Town climb back into Premier Division top places.
Mildenhall start their season at home to Brantham Athletic tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to Godmanchester Rovers on Tuesday (7.45pm).
And Town’s new director of football is pushing for the club to end higher than last season’s 10th-place finish.
“The target for us is to finish as high as we can in the league,” said the former Ely City manager.
“We’ve got a strong squad and if we start off well then there’s no reason why we can’t push for the title.”
Alsop, along with assistant manager Mark Hammond and head coach Derrick Weyand, have taken full charge of the team while boss Christian Appleford is away on holiday for the first two weeks of the season.
“We’ve got a good work understanding and bounce off each other,” said Alsop.
“I wasn’t going to be involved this season but Christian sold it to me with the ambition that the club has.”
Striker Steve Holder will miss the first two matches of the new season through suspension, while Dave Werthmann and Ricky Cornish are also absent.
However Hall have been boosted by the signing of James McAbe from Soham Town Rangers this week.
The midfielder joined the Recreation Way-based club on Tuesday and is highly-rated by Alsop.
“He’s got a lot of energy and can run up and down the pitch,” said Hall’s director of football. “He can play in numerous positions and has a good work ethic.
“James is the sort of player that you want in this league.”
Town have been busy in the transfer market during the summer, with duo Adam Murray and Chris Sterecki both joining from Premier Division rivals Ely City last month.
Appleford has also added midfielders Harrison Ford and Ryan Foster to his playing squad for the new season, while Adam Burroughs signed from Diss Town.