JOHN Coleman is hoping a double win can bring some cheer to the FES after a torrid week off the pitch at Stanley.
The Reds boss has been forced to get rid of goalkeeping coach Jamie Speare and cut physio Joe Hinnigan’s hours in a cost cutting measure while the club are looking for a new ground sponsor at the end of the season as financial problems have led to Fraser Eagle ending their deal early.
While Chief Executive Rob Heys says the future of the club is not in trouble financially, it has made for a dire time off the pitch especially in the current economic climate.
But Coleman is hoping wins in their two home games over Dagenham tomorrow and Luton on Tuesday will give some welcome relief to the relegation-haunted club who are ten points off the bottom two.
"We have four home games out of our next five and it is a big time for us," said Coleman.
"We are desperate for a win and to get ourselves further away from the bottom pack.
"You don’t want to lose any of your staff but you have got to try and remain positive. The club is bigger than everything else and we have just got to carry on.
"It wasn’t my decision for Jamie to go but at the end of the day we have got to cut our cloth accordingly and it is just one of those things.
"It doesn’t take a genius to work out that gates of 1200 do not support a Football League club but everyone behind the scenes will be pulling together and working hard to make sure we stay a league club.
"At the end of the day if me and Jimmy (Bell) gave up our jobs tomorrow there would be at least 25 people wanting them."
While there may be some gloom around the club, Coleman is already looking towards next season and is optimistic that the 19th placed Reds can enjoy a better time.
"I still think, as a team, we are playing better than we were last season even if the points tally doesn’t say so.
"I was very despondent last season but I am more optimistic now although we do still have a knack of conceding goals - although not as many as last season - but still keep conceding them at the wrong time.
"The next two games will be hard - Dagenham are a good side and Luton are battling for their lives although they haven’t won this year - but we need a few wins."
The Reds latest defeat came at fellow strugglers Bourne-mouth who scored an 86th minute winner on Saturday and the Reds have slipped to three defeats in their last four games.
"We do not want to be sucked into it (the relegation battle)," continued Coleman.
"I think three or four wins in close proximity will catapult ourselves away from the bottom and that’s what we have got to do.
"I think we are as good as any team in this league and we can compete with anyone.
"We have played the top teams and given them more than a game and it makes it more optimistic for next year if we can stay in this league."
However he knows that, while he is pleased with his current team, all the contracts are up except Paul Mullin’s and Sean McConville’s.
And he accepts that no negotiations can really start with the out of contract players - although there has been some talks with Jimmy Ryan - due to the club finances.
"We can’t make any progress with that," Coleman added. "We will have to look at the situation at the end of the season."