TOMMY CASSIDY has warned his Blyth Spartans players they are "fighting for their futures" at the club.
The Croft Park outfit are back on the bottom of Blue Square Bet North after Saturday’s defeat at Altrincham.
They host fifth-placed Stalybridge Celtic tonight, 14 points from a position of safety.
But with 15 league games remaining – and 45 points up for grabs – Cassidy refuses to throw in the towel.
And he has told his misfiring stars they must do likewise if they are to remain at the club come what may next season.
“We are truly in a dreadful position,” he said.
“But we must continue to take each game separately and not think too much about the table.
“We’ll fight on and the players must realise that they are fighting for their futures at this club too, whether we stay up or go down.
“I’m sorry for the supporters. I know it can’t be nice for them but we have to move on to the next game and try to play for the full 90 minutes, not just 45.”
That was the case at Altrincham on Saturday, when Cassidy branded his side “abysmal” in the first half, but worthy of at least a point in the second.
He believes his team are close to cracking the formula to bring a first victory since he replaced Steve Cuggy, and added: “I don’t want to go out without a fight, and neither do they.
“It’s about pride now, and coming off the pitch with their heads held high, knowing they’ve given it everything they’ve got.”
Meanwhile, as he looks for replacements for recent departures Jamie Mole and Max Harrop, Cassidy has thanked both for their contributions to the club.
“Jamie and Max have left and we thank them,” Cassidy added.
“Jamie will be a better player in a better team, and I like to think we’ve played our part in helping young Max’s development.
“He came on for Bury at the weekend (in his League One debut, a 3-2 defeat at Exeter City).
“His loan was up and we couldn’t hold him back. I’m proud because Bury’s secretary said they’ve had some very good reports about him while he’s been here.
“He’s done well but he’s got a great opportunity, so good luck to him, and Jamie.”