IF AIDY Boothroyd gets Northampton Town up this season, especially after their tousing in May's Play-Off Final against Bradford City (3-0), he'll consider it one of his greatest achievements.
For not only is Boothroyd trying to bounce his club back after that huge disappointment, but he has set about possibly the most difficult job for any lower division manager – changing the style of his team.
Whether it's true or not, Boothroyd has often been dubbed as a 'long ball' coach.
Ex-Cobblers and Torquay boss Ian Atkins was tarred with the same brush, but only because he usually took over sinking ships and turned them round by getting back to basics and cutting out mistakes.
Whenever he had some proper time at a job, Atkins usually got his men playing.
Boothroyd overhauled his squad this summer and then saw some of his best-laid plans hit by injuries to important players like Kelvin Langmead, Dave Artell, Clive Platt and Chris Hackett.
Some of those are on their way back, but Alex Nicholls is still recovering from a bad leg break last October.
Like Alan Knill, Boothroyd made several of his signings just before the big kick-off, but Matt Duke wasn't one of them.
The 36-year-old ex-Burton and Hull goalkeeper turned a loan from Bradford City into a permanent move in June.
With centre-backs Langmead and Artell out, Boothroyd has had to fashion a makeshift defence in recent weeks, a job made more difficult when experienced new arrival Matt Heath (Leicester, Coventry, Leeds, Rochdale) hurt himself in the warm-up for the 3-1 home win over Newport.
Kevin Amankwaah, signed as a full-back from Exeter, ended up playing in the middle of a back-four completed by Ben Tozer, Joe Widdowson and ex-Port Vale and Barnsley defender Lee Collins.
Hackett (see Player To Watch) is likely to return to a midfield which has featured four new signings.
Wide men Gary Deegan and Danny Emerton have arrived from Hibs and Hull respectively, while Boothroyd went to Cheltenham and Torquay to tempt ex-Birmingham and WBA playmaker Darren Carter and versatile Irishman Ian Morris.
Morris, who originally joined the Gulls as a winger under Martin Ling, has been playing in central midfield.
The absence of veteran targetman Platt prompted Boothroyd to bring in young Leicester striker Jacob Blyth on loan to play alongside Roy O'Donovan up front.
O'Donovan, signed from Coventry last January after starting his career with Sunderland, has the ability to be one of the hits of the division this season.
On the bench ex-Walsall, Blackpool and Notts County player Ishmel Demotagnac is a winger with the talent to make an impact.
Other likely subs are summer signing JJ Hooper, a forward from Newcastle, goalkeeper Dean Snedker and home-grown teenagers Claudio Dias, David Moyo and Ivan Toney.