Tom Killick insisted an FA Cup victory over Shaftesbury would not change his thinking that a shake-up of playing staff is needed at Poole Town, report the Bournemouth Echo.
Injury-hit Dolphins face the Wessex Premier side in first round qualifying on Saturday hoping to put behind them a dismal display in the 2-0 Southern League South loss to Staines Town.
The sizeable sum of £6,000 is on the line at Cockrams, plus the chance to compete for a further £9,000 in the following round.
But regardless of the result, boss Killick admits he is seeking to refresh his squad.
He told the Daily Echo: “The FA Cup is hugely important because financially we struggle compared to some clubs so we really need a cup run.
“It’s not an ideal time to play when you have so many people missing and coming off the back of a performance like the one against Staines. Our performance in that game was probably Wessex League level and we had some who performed more to DPL level, so we need to do something different.
“We have to try to make the best of it and the players have to try to respond. If we beat Shaftesbury, it would be easy to think all is well but it isn’t. We can’t let ourselves be deceived by the odd good performance.
“I’m under no illusions. There are some quite big changes which need to be made.
“We need to try to get some better players in and, potentially, make room for them by letting a couple go.”
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