DENIS SMITH last night welcomed the good news off the field at Wrexham and revealed his burning ambitions for the club.
But the Dragons boss was less than happy with events on the pitch as his side lost the FAW Premier Cup final to Swansea City for the second year in a row.
Local businessmen Neville Dickens and Geoff Moss have been confirmed as preferred bidders to buy the club and bring it out of administration.
And Smith believes they share his aspirations for Wrexham.
"It's another step in the right direction, but we have to take one thing at a time," he said. "The right people are involved, their objectives are good and the administrators think they are the right people.
"I think so too, as do the supporters, but there is still some way to go and matters that need sorting by the administrators.
"But hopefully in the not too distant future we can start to do things.
"And if it's with Nev and Geoff I'm sure I can work with them.
"It's a two-way process because I like to win things and work at the highest possible level. My ambition still burns bright and as long as other people share the same ambition, I'm prepared to work with them.
"But if people want a life of comfort, I would not be prepared to work with them. Everyone at the club, from the cleaning lady to the chairman, should be pulling together, and if these two gentlemen achieve what they want, we've got a chance of going forward.
"I'm happy with what they are saying but they haven't got the club yet and it's up to the administrators to deliver. They have got to get it sorted with Mr Hamilton who owns the shares - they have to go the final step.
"I know more that's going on than many people and I'm fairly pleased with the way things are going but tonight is possibly not the right time to talk about this because we've been beaten in a cup final.
"People have got to produce in life, they have got to have something to aim for. I hope we can improve this club and the players know my feelings because they've been told in no uncertain terms twice today. Hopefully it's sunk in."
Smith revealed he had ripped into his players during half time after Swansea had taken a 2-0 lead and he was not much happier at the end.
"It would have been very difficult for us not to be better than in the first half," he added.. "The game lasts 90 minutes and if you don't play for 90 minutes you only have to ask Chester what the outcome is.
"I was not impressed with the first-half performance, we looked tired and leggy and they looked as though it was hard to motivate themselves.
"We were better in the second half but I hope it's not because of the way I spoke to them at the break. That shouldn't be necessary if you want to win things and we had that opportunity tonight, but you wouldn't have believed that, given the way we went about things in the first half.
"We had chances in the second half, but the last thing I wanted was extra time because we go to Grimsby on Saturday. I would have preferred to give Swansea the trophy because the one thing I'm interested in is getting promotion, but this will have taken a bit out of them."