When Jon McCarthy set about building his Chester FC squad for this season the first thing he decided was to not start from scratch.
The Blues woefully under-performed in the National League last season and a number of players couldn't have been too angry with being shown the exit door at the end of their contracts after the club narrowly escaped the drop.
But McCarthy, despite risking the wrath of the fans, stuck to his guns and decided to offer a second chance to the majority of last season's crop. It was a bold decision but the Blues boss, whose side are seven unbeaten without conceding a single goal and sitting just four points off the play-offs, has been vindicated for keeping the faith.
"I'm in a better position and I see it and I've seen it all last season in training day in, day out and I know them better than fans can," said McCarthy.
"I see the potential, I know what they have got and I know this division. I have seen a lot of football - I'm 46!
"I am in a position now where things are going alright and I can back some of the stuff up that I have been saying and I can trust what I see with my own eyes.
"It isn't me being clever. I just have to look at the knowledge I have got and the learning that I have done, my qualifications and the time I played the game and the players I played with and managers I played for.
"I know what type of player can have success but this is all about the players desire to improve themselves and the hunger that they have."
This season has seen players such as Johnny Hunt, Tom Shaw and Craig Mahon come to the fore while there have been really positive signs from the likes of Jordan Chapell in a role that has been, predominantly, off the bench.
And while McCarthy knew full well the qualities of each member of his squad and what they were capable off, it is there ability to go out and deliver that has been the most pleasing factor for the Blues boss.
Said the Chester boss: "We have given them an environment where they can come on but I can't take credit for how Johnny Hunt has done and reacted to not being in the team and to how Tom Shaw has led and come on. I could go right throughout the team.
"It is working really well. We create the competition and tell them what we expect of them. It isn't that clever. It's all down to them.
"They could go out there and not put in to practice what we work at on the training ground and we would come across as rubbish coaches. But it's all about what they do and how they have bought into what we are trying to achieve at this football club."