STAGS skipper Jake Buxton prepared for what could be his last game for the relegated club at Dagenham and Redbridge this Saturday and urged Mansfield Town to decide the future of manager Paul Holland and the players quickly.
"We have a lot of pride to be won back on Saturday," he said on Thursday - 36 hours after the Stags' relegation from the Football League.
"I have had a tough season from the fans but they have been really good to me in the past. If this turns out to be my last game for the club I want to see the fans off well and get a bit of respect.
"I do not know where I will be next season.
"You could stay for a season and see if we can get out of the Conference or move on to a similar side.
"But when you are relegated and you are down there all season there's probably not many clubs that want to take a look at you.
"I said before last weekend that I wanted to see a bit of ambition from the people above Paul Holland for the future.
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"I can see a lot of players going as there are no deals on offer and no manager in place, whether it be Paul or a new manager in charge.
"There is no deadline for players to be told if they are being given a new contract or released.
"So already we will be two or three weeks behind every other club in this league.
"It will be a very tough season if things don't get sorted out very quickly.
"The longer it takes, the more likely it is that myself and a lot more will move on."
Although it hadn't helped, Buxton refused to blame the club's takover saga for the club's relegation.
He said: "You get fed up of talking about the same stuff. We have spent three seasons down there with different managers and no takeover.
"We have had so many deadlines for the sale of the club but none have been met and it has become a bit of a joke.
"I want to see this club do well with or without me. I hope they can get promoted back into the Football League.
"But I don't think you can put a lot of blame on the off-field happenings. At the start of the season we thought we had a decent squad and we beat Derby County pre-season and were looking forward to the campaign.
"We are just disappointed with our results and performances overall.
"If we had not had a decent cup run I couldn't see where the money would be coming from. Crowds have gone down and you do fear for next season. There can't be a lot of money floating around in the club to invest for next season."
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