Dennis Greene believes his Boston United squad have the potential to successfully scale the footballing ladder... telling his charges that if they stick together they will only get stronger.
During his playing days, Greene was part of Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers side which leapt from the Football Conference to the old Division Two in the space of two seasons.
And the Pilgrims boss reckons his current crop of players could emulate the Chairboys, and eventually force their way back into the Football League.
Greene, a striker, arrived at Adams Park during the 1990-91 campaign, O’Neill’s first season in charge.
After finishing fifth, the club went on to claim second spot in the Conference the following year - missing out on promotion when Colchester United pipped them to the title on goal difference.
But the following campaign Wycombe reached the Football League for the first time, going on to win the Division Three play-off final against Preston North End the following season to complete a dramatic double.
“It’s a very similar situation to when I was at Wycombe,” Greene said, reflecting on his United team.
“They (Wanderers) reached their potential when the squad had been together four or five years, just adding a couple of new players each season.
“I’d like to think this squad can do something similar.
“You learn from your experiences and your old managers, but I also have belief in these players.”
With 16th, sixth and third-place finishes in the past three seasons, Boston have got progressively better under Greene, whose first campaign saw him take over the helm with just 11 matches left.
Only a top-two finish in the upcoming National League North campaign could see United’s ascension continue, but Greene - who also won two promotions at St Neots manager - believes that is more than possible.
“We’ve got so much potential here,” said Greene. “Two years ago a lot of our players weren’t established.
“Garns was known, but how many people had even heard of Dayle Southwell? Mark Jones was out in the wilderness and Pidge had just been relegated with Corby.
“Grant Roberts and Zak Mills were getting relegated with Histon and Kyle Dixon was a kid at Notts County.
“Now they’ve proven themselves and pretty much every team in this division would welcome them in to their side.
“I still think they can get even better. we’ve really got some good players here.
“If I believe they’re good enough and giving everything then I’ll stick with them and they know that.”
Greene has also confirmed that three familiar free agents will be linking up with the team again in pre-season.
He said: “There are three areas we’re looking at, goalkeeper, left back and left wing.
“I’ve had conversations with Nicky Walker and Jake Sheridan and they’re looking to be back in pre-season, and there’s Jamie McGhee as well, so we don’t have problems in the wing areas.
“We want to bring in a goalkeeper, but if the season started tomorrow then, apart from Rene (Steer, who has joined Maidenhead), we’d pretty much have the team which went 12 games unbeaten at the end of last season out there.
“We worked hard last season to get the majority of squad sorted early and hopefully it’s paying off.”