Neil Young has warned he will only pick players who are prepared to ‘run through brick walls’ for the club.
Young was upset and angry at the lack of desire and determination on show in the 2-1 FA Trophy loss to Barrow AFC, and has vowed players unwilling to display the necessary fight will be moved on.
“Our performance on Saturday was abysmal and I will never accept that,” said Young.
“We are going to go with lads who want to go out there and give us 100% commitment to the football club.
“If people don’t want to then they can come and knock on my door and I will release them from their contracts and they can go and play somewhere else.”
Dire performances against Barrow and Nuneaton Town have shattered the confidence brought about through a mini-revival that saw the Blues lose only once in eight league games.
Young – who has been publicly backed as the right man for the job – knows his side are facing a fight for survival.
He must now prepare for a crucial five-week run over the festive period that includes three relegation six-pointers.
Young said: “I am the manager and I am responsible but the players also have a responsibility.
“I said to them after the Barrow game there is a mirror there and told them to look in it.
“I have got to make sure the team I put out on the football pitch are going to run through brick walls. If we are going to turn this situation around then we need everybody pulling in the same direction.”
Young said he was now considering bringing youngsters like Tom Peers and Sean Miller into the first-team squad.
“If we bring them in then we know they will play with no fear and be vibrant,” he said.
“We will look at them in development games and see how they go out on loan and there is a chance they will be involved.”
Young believes the Blues are now part of an eight-team mini league who are scrapping for survival at the foot of the Skrill Premier, and said he was prepared to be ruthless in order to stave off relegation.
“Those are the teams budget-wise and as a part-time club that we are pitted against,” he said.
“We have got to try and win that mini league but that is not the end of our ambition because we want to finish as high as we can.
“When lads put the shirt on and go over that white line, they have got to go and give everything for the football club and our supporters.
“If I don’t believe certain individuals are doing that then they will not be involved and I will look to move them away from the club.”