Alan Dowson wants Woking, the town and the community to get behind his bid to take the club to the Football League for the first time in their history.
The forthright Geordie believes the only way to do that is for the club to return to full-time status and he is keen to discuss ways to make it possible during his tenure.
Passionate Dowson – desperate to keep improving as he has with previous clubs – insisted his thoughts are not a knee-jerk reaction to his team not having won for nine games and said he has been “thinking about it all summer”.
He told SurreyLive: “I want to be the bloke who takes the club to the Football League. We’ve got no chance part-time. The question is, can we find a solution from the directors and from the community and put ourselves in a position to have a go?
“The great thing about this club is it runs itself. We haven’t got any debt and I have a board of directors who I think are very ambitious.
“What I don’t want to do is to have waited this long to get the job I always wanted, then get it and not make the most of it.”
Dowson revealed he will raise the subject at a board meeting next Monday (October 21). “It’s not a plea to the directors,” he added. “I will be asking them what we can do. I’m not saying to them we’ve got to do this or that.
“We’ll have a sensible chat because they are sensible people. I get on very well with the chairman and the directors.
“We need to look at the best strategy. It isn’t going to happen overnight. But we get good gates, it’s a big enough club and there is a community out there, maybe some investors too, who want this club to be in the Football League.
“I want to be the manager who does it. If someone said to me ‘you can keep this job for the next three years and just keep us in this league’, I’d resign. And I’ll do that if we get relegated, I’ve said that.
“We have to work out how we are going to do it. That’s got to come from the board, from me, the community and the fans. This club has had FA Trophy wins and FA Cup runs but never got into the Football League. I want to put the pressure on my shoulders to be the man who does it, I really do.”
Dowson has lost what he considers key signings, not because of wage demands necessarily but because they want and expect to be full-time players in the National League.
“Yes I’ve lost players who don’t want to be part-time but that’s one thing I’ll not complain about as I knew the rules at the start of the season and we had to get through this year whatever happens,” he said.
“But it was always in the back of my mind, ‘how can I make Woking great, how can I make them better?’
“I do think our players care and they’ve been brilliant but they haven’t got that fear factor because they’ve got jobs the next day.
“I just think the structure could be better. And I don’t think we should stand still as a football club. It would be great for the whole of Woking. The town is going to be massive, why can’t the football club? Let’s start the process.”