FC CLACTON boss Kieron Shelley wants to put his club and town on the football map next season.
The Seasiders have just completed a disappointing season, finishing second from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn League.
They are still waiting for confirmation that they have been relegated to division one, depending on the league constitution for next season.
However, Shelley insists it is far from doom and gloom with players committing for next season and plenty happening behind the scenes.
He also hopes to celebrate a landmark year in style as Clacton mark their 125th anniversary in October.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Shelley, who was appointed last September.
“And I really hope the town and community get behind us, especially in our 125th year.
“We really do appreciate the support of local people.
“We still don’t know what’s going to happen next year.
“If we’re given a reprieve, then we’ll be aiming to build on last season’s finish to the season.
“Let’s try and do something special – something to really upset the apple cart.
“People won’t believe the side that finished second from bottom could challenge for a top-five position but why not?
“We’ve definitely for the talent and commitment within our squad to do that.
“I hope we stay up but if we do end up being relegated then we’ll be aiming to come back straight away. We’ll be desperate to return as champions and make our superiority count, rather than just being down there to make up the numbers.
“Let’s put the town and the club back on the map.”
Shelley is working hard to nail down his squad for next season.
In addition to retaining players, he hopes to make additions.
And he hopes that those that come in will be attacking crowd-pleasers with the ability to cause defenders problems.
“Ninety per cent of last season’s squad have already committed to next season and I hope to have four or five new faces,” said the former Weeley Athletic boss.
“Defensively, we’ve got a good little group but I want to bring in some players with flair and creativity. I’d like to have more players wanting to run with the ball and get past their man.”