MARK Harper wants to bring in some fresh blood before the weekend – but admits he may have to ship some players out first.
Harper's Hampton & Richmond Borough are still looking for their first win in eight games after losing 4-0 to Chelmsford on Saturday and 2-0 to Dorchester on Tuesday night, both at home.
The Beavers remain rock bottom of Blue Square South, and Harper was aiming to take action before tomorrow's game at Eastleigh.
He said: “There's nothing left in the budget, but I've got to do something or we'll be playing catch up for the rest of the season.
“It may mean players leaving before I can bring someone in, but its not fair to bring kids or reserves into this situation.
“I still believe in what I'm trying to do here, but we're trying to play football in the wrong area. You have to earn the right to play football, you can't just turn up and play unless you're Man United or Barcelona.
“I know it's a cliché, but you need a physical presence at this level, and we're lacking one.”
Harper admits a few home truths were told in the dressing room following the Dorchester defeat, with skipper Matt Ruby leading the inquest.
Harper said: “Tuesday night was the first time I felt the players have not given me the performance or had the right attitude, and I have a lot of work to do.
“Matt Ruby is a player who speaks his mind on and off the pitch, and he had his say. You can tell he hurts when we lose.
“A few of the players, on Tuesday night, you could not tell by their body language whether they were hurting or not – which hurts me as they should all be hurting.”