Dennis Greene will fight tooth and nail to keep Histon in the Blue Square Bet North – but believes getting relegated….
….would be far from a disaster.
The Stutes go into today’s game with Bradford Park Avenue at the Glassworld Stadium third from bottom in the table, and some non-contract players could be departing soon to cut the wage bill.
Manager Greene is confident his side can finish at least fourth from bottom and avoid the drop, but he feels it would not be all doom and gloom if they were to fall through the trapdoor.
“If we go down but I’ve managed to keep the club together because we’ve cut the wage bill, then I’ll get a load of flak and everything else, but the most important thing is the club,” said Greene.
“If we can cut our cloth accordingly, make the club survive and stay up then that would be great.
“If we do go down then we’re in the Southern Premier with hardly any travelling, but it’s still a nice strong league. We can keep bringing the youngsters through and build a side that might have a chance of getting up.
“Who knows – if we go down then this team we’ve got now would certainly be in the top six of that division and it might generate a bit more interest and support.
“I want to stay in this league, for sure, but if we do go down then it’s not the end of the world.”
Greene stressed he was not preparing for life in the Evo-Stik League Southern and still wants to help the club build in non-League’s second tier.
“I’m not planning on being in the Southern Premier next year – if I was then I might as well stop what I’m doing and look for another job,” said Greene.
“When I took this job I thought keeping the team in this division would be like winning the league at St Neots Town. The achievement’s still the same.”
Histon’s survival chances could yet be hit by a points` deduction or a fine of up to £10,000 after being charged by the Football Conference for failing to fulfil their fixture at Colwyn Bay on November 17th.
The club have requested a personal hearing and are waiting to hear when it will take place.