Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law admits it is going to be even tougher next season after having his playing budget cut by 25 per cent, but that he is ready for the challenge.
The Reds are also returning to their part-time roots with training twice a week in the evenings replacing the three days per week which has been in place for the past two years.
Despite Law, now entering the final year of his contract, guiding his side to a magnificent 13th final place in the Conference Premier Division this season, outside factors mean that he is likely to have to rebuild part of his squad.
He said: “I have had a meeting with the chairman and the budget is going to be reduced so we may not be able to keep all of the players, who knows?
“We are going to be up against it from now. We are going to have a fight to keep our players because they are all going to have to take a reduction in pay. That is how it is and that is what we will do.
“We will have to see what next season brings. I have got four under-24’s out of contract and seven other first team players out of contract so the first thing I have got to do is to get a team that will be competitive at this level.
“We are not even thinking about where we will finish next year, I have got a job on now of trying to keep the players that we can and obviously introduce other players into the bigger picture.
“But, one thing I can promise the fans, is that we will all be in this together again. I am definitely not a quitter, and I ready for the challenge of putting a squad together which can compete at this level.”
Reds chairman Wayne Bradley could not hide his delight that manager Law has chosen to stay on with the club.
“We have retained a manager whose nous and eye for bringing in talent is possibly worth four places in the league table to us each season,” he said.
“He could have walked away after the announcements. But I am absolutely delighted Nicky has vowed to stay and take up the challenge of building us a squad to compete in the division next season.
“The manager is enthused by things we are looking to introduce including fitness and performance analysis and that is something we will be looking to recruit on that side. Fans have no need to fear reduced performances.
“Will we be as fit as the last two seasons? Yes, I would like to think so.
“We are still ambitious and have a good desire for the future. The only thing to make the difference will be the support levels.
The Reds chairman added: “Do I think we will be in the division again this time next year? Yes I do.”