Tom Wade admits Blyth Spartans have been “shocking” over the past couple of years.
Now, he believes, they are beginning to make people – the stay-away supporters, rival managers – sit up and take notice for the right reasons.
But, five games into the new campaign, the Blyth boss insists this is only the start.
Spartans have endured a tough period in their history of late, losing their Conference status and going through four managers in as many seasons.
Wade has recruited extensively over the summer, and his signings have, thus far, paid off, with Blyth playing an attractive brand of football not seen since Mick Tait was manager.
Five games into the Evo-Stik Premier season, they have one win and three draws, although a young side retains a propensity for naivety at times.
They travel to Frickley Athletic tonight 16th in the table, five places above their opponents.
And Wade said: “The supporters seem happy and I’m delighted with the start but we’ve only played five games.
“We’ve had some good performances and the reality is we are playing great football.
“But we have dropped points, which gives us a reminder we aren’t there yet, and we need that at times.
“It’s great to hear other managers (Worksop Town’s Mark Shaw, in particular) praising us because it shows how well we are doing, but me and Colin are looking to let these lads settle in and see where we are at Christmas.
“Then we will know what is realistic in terms of a league finish and getting ready for next season.”
After a spell of turbulence at the club, Wade refuses to blame stay-away fans, but hopes to lure them back to Croft Park in the near future.
He added: “There are a lot of fringe supporters who we have to convince things are happening here.
“I can’t blame them for staying away because the last few seasons have been poor and there have been some shocking performances.
“Hopefully we can convince them that they can come and watch in confidence and be entertained by a side who want to play for them. “We can only play one way and we will continue to do that
“That’s how we are going to be so we will develop this young side, as well as the confidence in them from the supporters, by giving them value for money.”