It is safe to say that Whitehawk boss Jude Macdonald has been thrown in at the deep end for his first ever job in senior management.
The rookie coach, who was handed the managerial reigns over the summer and led a complete squad overhaul during the close season, has had a difficult start to the campaign.
The Hawks are currently perched perilously close to the drop zone in the Bostik Premier League and will go into Monday’s game with Carshalton Athletic on the back of four straight defeats.
Nevertheless, Macdonald refuses to be downbeat and insists that he is committed to a long term project at the club.
The Whitehawk boss told The NLP: “We are in a transition phase at the moment.
“It is tough because the fans here are used to success and we have brought in a very young squad, who understandably are going to be a little inconsistent at first.
“The league is really tight this year so if you have a bad month you will drop like a stone.
“Unfortunately we suffered a really terrible October and our current position in the table reflects that.
“It is absolutely vital that we stay in the division. If we can do that then this team will develop and we will be able to build some great foundations.”