The monumental task of rebuilding Hucknall Town’s non-league reputation begins in earnest tomorrow (Saturday).
Their car-crash of a season in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League finally ended up in the junkyard last weekend after their 34th defeat.
Now Town officials are set to conduct interviews for the position of manager for next season after relegation to the Northern Counties East League.
“We have drawn up a shortlist of four,” divulged caretaker chief executive Liz Morley this week.
“We plan to make an announcement by next Tuesday at the latest.”
Morley would not reveal the identities of the quartet chasing the job. But whoever lands it faces an unenviable assignment at a club besieged by crisis, both on and off the field.
Last Saturday’s reverse away to fellow strugglers Kidsgrove Athletic was their 12th on the spin, the last six of which have failed to yield a singled goal.
The four they conceded took their goals-against column to 171, which equates to nearly one per every £500 they owe in debts.
Stoke side Kidsgrove had lost their previous six games themselves. But they eased to the points thanks to goals from Paul Taylor in the 27th minute, Shane Reaney in the 48th and 87th minutes and Alan Nagington in the 62nd.
The defeat brought to an end 14 torrid weeks as caretaker manager for Darren Kelk, who originally arrived at the club as a coach under former boss Jason Truscott.
Kelk wants to stay on, but delivered a frank verdict on what has been the campaign from hell. “We finished bottom -- and we deserve to go down,” he said.
TOWN are hoping to step up their fundraising efforts during the summer.
A series of Saturday-morning car-boot sales begin at their Watnall Road ground tomorrow.
And a question-and-answer sportsman’s evening is to be held with former Nottingham Forest star Gary Mills at the Talk Of The Town social club on Friday May 17.
Admission and hot food are free on the night, which will also feature virtual horse-racing and a sports quiz with a cash prize.
Mills’s brother-in-law and management sidekick is Darron Gee, an ex-Town player and committee member.