JOHN Coleman says he will need at least seven or eight new players next season to make sure Accrington Stanley do not have to face another League Two relegation battle.
The Reds chief was set to discuss terms this week with the majority of his players whose deals run out in the summer - with only Paul Mullin, Tony Grant, Shaun Whalley and Rommy Boco still in contract.
And, after winning their crunch clash with Macclesfield on Saturday which guaranteed Stanley league football next season, Coleman said he will be swift to act as he starts to build for next season's campaign, with the fixtures out on June 14.
"I do not want to be in this situation next season. That will be the motivation for the lads who stay this year," said Coleman, who was hoping to be awarded the League Two Manager of the Month award yesterday (Thurs).
"There are a lot of the players out of contract and it is the hard part of the manager's job but there is no hiding from it. I would rather do it than be on the dole!
"We have to try and improve the squad. If you look at the goals for and against column - they don't lie. We can score goals but it is the problem of keeping them out.
"I have been loyal to players but it is my duty to do what I think is best for the club.
"Sometimes you have to clear the decks before you have got others in but we need to start planning now for next season."
He did confirm that winger Andy Todd will be offered a new deal and that he will be in talks with others like captain Peter Cavanagh, defender Robbie Williams and Saturday's goal hero Andy Procter soon.
"I will be offering certain players new deals and I do hope they accept them," said the boss.
"But there are others I will have to let go. I think I need seven or eight new players in to have a healthy squad which can sustain us all next season.
"People forget that we play four extra games in the league and it means we need a bigger squad because of injuries and suspensions. They stretched us to the limit this season and we don't want it to happen again."
Coleman, who will take his UEFA A License in the summer, has confirmed that he has asked Liverpool about having defender Godwin Antwi and keeper David Martin back on loan.
"Godwin really enjoyed it here and it has done him the world of good. We have made tentative enquiries and we hope they let him stay.
"David is perhaps a bit different as they might want him to play at a higher level. But I can't really wait for that. I need two or maybe three goalkeepers and it is something we have has problems with in the past so it will be good to have it sorted out."
Goalie Ian Dunbavin's contract is also up while Coleman has said he will talk to Danish goalkeeper David Olsen, 22, from Brondby, who impressed during the 4-2 friendly win over Clitheroe on Tuesday.
"I am thinking about signing him," added Coleman.