Phil Mason says outsiders have no idea of the level of job he has had to do at Long Buckby.
But the Bucks boss believes the tide is turning at Station Road. Mason took up the reins last summer, building a squad from scratch under the proviso that he kept the club in the UCL Premier Division.
And, with just 10 league games now remaining, the former Woodford United manager is well on the way to achieving that aim.
Buckby are 13th with 23 points from 26 matches and go into their game against Wellingborough Town on Saturday buoyed by a 5-1 win against Wisbech Town in their most recent game.
“I’m really pleased with what we’ve done and what position we’re in,” said Mason. “We had to build a team from scratch.
“People outside the club have no clue what’s going on and we’re still working hard.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s been frustrating not getting results but the young lads we’ve got will learn.”
Mason has a squad packed with youngsters, estimating the average age to be between 19 and 20. So is it a long-term project that he’s keen to help continue? The target was to keep us in the division and I’m doing my best to do that,” he said.
“We’ll sit down in the summer and go from there.”