Barry Gray performed a minor miracle in keeping Warrenpoint Town in the Danske Bank Premiership last season and now he is intent on changing the club's image as perennial relegation candidates.
It's a big ask given Town are one of the smallest clubs in the top flight but Gray has never been one to mess about and, in a typically forthright interview, he explains that he has stayed on as boss at Milltown to transform the team from "whipping boys" to a stable Premiership outfit.
To that end, the former Cliftonville manager has brought in 15 new players in the last two transfer windows, with around the same number going through the exit door.
Summer arrivals Matthew Knox and Colm Carney should excite the Town fans in attack, while ex-Glentoran defender Gavin Peers could be a masterstroke signing at the back.
Gray is seeking a much better start than last term when Town were rooted to the bottom after 11 defeats in their opening 12 matches. That led to the dismissal of Stephen McDonnell, with Gray - who oversaw the club's meteoric rise from the ranks of junior football prior to his move to the Reds in 2017 - being reappointed in October last year, delivering a rescue package which eventually saw Warrenpoint finish the truncated season second-bottom and avoid relegation after the final placings were decided on a points-per-game basis, with Institute making the drop.
While making sure to keep three of the club's big hitters - Danny Wallace, Francis McCaffrey and Alan O'Sullivan - major personnel changes in January have been followed with more of the same in the current window, with Gray and his backroom team agreeing two-year extensions in June.
"What I want now is stability," he says. "By choice, no manager would ever want to try and pull in 15 players in two transfer windows but it shows you the overhaul that was required.
"My feelings when the directors talked to me about staying were that we needed better players. Us as a club, we have had an image where a player who is looking for a new club views Warrenpoint in two ways: either as an opportunity club to go and play football and try to get a move, or that Warrenpoint have flirted with relegation for several years and are going to get caught out at some stage.
"That image from a footballer's point of view of Warrenpoint isn't particularly strong and I intend to change that.
"With the players we are bringing in, that will change attitudes to us and show that as a club we are willing to put our neck on the line to improve.
"If that pans out, it will be great for us. Realistically can it be any worse than how we started last season?
"For a lot of last season, we were the whipping boys in the League and you can't shake that without consistently going for a few years where we are not. That's our challenge. To do that, you have to get out of the relegation battle.
"The direction of the club before Covid was changing and, to be fair, it's the reason I'm still there. They have made their intentions clear that they don't want to be relegation candidates every season. It's gone on for several years and there is no enjoyment in it. As a manager, I'm not motivated to work with a team that is fighting relegation every year. Obviously the club need to up their game and investment to try to move us up a level on that side and my job is to try and do it on the pitch.
"Step one was getting us a squad of players with enough quality to help us start that process, and we have done that."
At 15 years and 359 days old, Warrenpoint Town midfielder Ryan O'Kane was the youngest player to feature in the Danske Bank Premiership last season, making his debut as a substitute in their 6-0 defeat to Larne at Inver Park on August 10, 2019.