WORCESTER City skipper Danny Jackman said the players will have a point to prove when they face Tamworth in the first game following the resignation of Carl Heeley.
The Blue and Whites welcome the play-off-chasing Lambs to the Victoria Ground on Saturday looking to end a run of ten games without a win.
Local rivals Gloucester City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the Severn derby on Saturday – a result which saw Heeley stand down after seven years as manager.
The respected skipper said the former manager’s departure had come as a bit of a surprise but pointed to the pressure Heeley had been under throughout his tenure.
“He’s been here seven years and he’s had to work tirelessly to keep this club in the National League,” he said.
“While it was a surprise, he’s got a young family and he wants to dedicate more time to them and you can’t argue with that.
“I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we wish Carl all the best whatever he decides to do next. Whatever he does he will give it 100 per cent effort and dedication.
“He not only brought me back to the club but handed me the honour of being captain of this great club so I will always be grateful to him.”
Following Heeley’s departure, Jackman was asked to assist caretaker boss John Snape for the weekend’s game while City chiefs consider their options to replace the long-serving Heeley.
“It’s a role I feel comfortable taking on and anything I can do to help John prepare the team for Saturday I will do. Whatever happens after that I don’t know,” he said.
Jackman described the clash with sixth placed Tamworth as a ‘big game’ for 17th placed City, who are now just five points above the drop zone.
“We have got to get our acts together and get away from the bottom of this league,” he said.
“I’m sure the lads have got a point to prove, some of them will have a fresh start. The good thing about football at this level is the next game is never too far away.”