No one in the Mansfield Town squad is guaranteed a place on the team sheet warned boss Steve Evans ahead of the trip to Carlisle United.
“It’s only naïve managers or managers that go on the merry-go-round that get sacked everywhere who pick their favourites,” he said.
“When you sign a group of players you can’t let you eyes tell you lies.
“Ronnie Moore is a good friend of mine, the ex-Rotherham manager, and he used an expression in the dressing room once to his players that his eyes were not pickled onions.
“I think a few supporters sometimes think my eyes are pickled onions”
“But you have to be truthful and I think across the levels now there is a real integrity to get in the team.”