Darren Dods is looking forward to a full pre-season before his second year as Brechin City manager.
The Glebe Park gaffer was thrown in at the deep end last season after his appointment due to a seemingly endless series of factors that looked set to condemn his debut year in the dugout to relegation.
But a sensational turnaround in the season’s final quarter sees City retain their League One place and finish in seventh - their highest position of the season.
Dods was speaking after his side defeated relegated rivals Forfar Athletic 2-1 on Saturday - their eighth win out of 10.
He said: “Two months ago we’d been written off. We were seven points off of Forfar who had a game in hand, we were 10 points off of Cowdenbeath and 16 or 17 adrift of Stenhousemuir.
“We knew it was now or never, we had Forfar in the midweek and we got the result. We’ve used that momentum and spirit to keep us going.
“It’s eight wins out of 10, which is unbelievable considering that we had 18 points before that Forfar game now we’re finishing on 42. It’s a great turnaround.
“You expect it in these type of games, Forfar made us work hard but we were just delighted to get the three points. We didn’t have to rely on anybody else. It’s one of the first times this season results went our way but we did it under our own steam. Even when we were winning games Forfar and Cowdenbeath were beating teams at the top. We knew we had to keep going and going.
“We won’t have the start we had this season at least and we know the areas we need to strengthen. We’ve got time now to get players in.”