Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray has called for a strong finish from his basement battlers this season.
‘Town crashed out of the Irish Cup on Monday with a 1-0 defeat to Championship 1 underdogs Bangor in a sixth-round replay.
They are also looking over their shoulders in the Premiership as the fight for survival continues.
“There is a lot to play for this season,” Gray said.
“The players need to decide if they want to be a Premiership player consistently, week in and week out.
“I don’t want to be a manager in the quarter-final of the Irish Cup, I want to be in the final.
“Everyone else needs to take a bit of that attitude with them, and if they don’t they won’t last under my management.”
Gray insists his newly-promoted side have to show ambition if they are to avoid the drop this season.
“People might say I am being ridiculous in what I aim for, but that’s the way it is,” he added.
“Ambition got us here, and now we need more ambition to stay here and progress.
“The second you stop having ambition, you end up being relegated.
“Players are not playing for their futures. We are not making threats.
“I know the quality of the players we have, and when they play to the right system they get results.”