HORSHAM YMCA manager John Cumberbatch is already thinking ahead to next season in event of his side’s probable relegation from the Ryman League.
YM went down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Division 1 South title chasers Bognor Regis Town on Saturday. And their 23rd league loss means the writing on the wall is in near indelible ink.
And if a miracle does not happen, and YM survive, Cumberbatch stresses he does not want to start from scratch next season.
He said: “In my opinion, the chances [of survival] are very, very slim, but I will not allow either myself or the players to think that we can’t do it. If any of us get into that frame of mind, then we are just not going to put any sort of effort in. Sometimes little miracles happen and then you find that because you didn’t put the effort in a certain game, it goes against you.
“I just need to see what sort of reaction I get next week. We have to keep going. Whether we get relegated or not we have to be setting up for next season. I have to be getting the team in a frame of mind where we can at least finish the season on a positive, whether it’s two games, three games, seven games, whatever. We can take that into next season.
“I know that we have a break and there will be new players in and some players will leave. Whatever league we are in, for me, I have already got to start thinking. If I finish the season on a low I have got to start from scratch again, and I don’t want to do that.”