The Hartlepool United squad are “raring to go” – but Ronnie Moore is looking to keep a lid on expectations ahead of the new season.
Last season, Pools narrowly avoided relegation from the Football League for the first time in their history.
It is about getting the team right, nice and stable and not looking over your shoulders all season.
Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town were the two teams that dropped into the Conference – now known as the National League.
And Moore admits it is going to be difficult to keep expectations in check after the drama of last season’s Great Escape.
With new owners and 10 new signings, the off season has seen major changes at Victoria Park.
But Moore is keen to keep supporter’s feet firmly on the ground after the summer rebuilding project.
Moore said: “We have to be careful the fans don’t get too carried away.
“Going from just staying up to winning the league by 20 points – that just doesn’t happen!
“It doesn’t matter who is in charge.
“It is about getting the team right, nice and stable and not looking over your shoulders all season.
“If we can make it into the top seven though, then fantastic.”
Pools will need to start the season better than they did last year, with Colin Cooper resigning in October after a dismal start saw Pools drop to bottom of the league.
The club struggled to recover, until Moore took charge in December and results slowly started to pick up – resulting in safety being achieved with a game to go.
Moore is now looking to the future, with the new League Two season starting with Morecambe at home on Saturday.
“We are all raring to go,” admitted Moore.
“We’d have liked to finish our pre-season programme with a win, but there was a lot of massive pluses for me against Chesterfield.
“We don’t come up against teams like Chesterfield every week in our league.
“Morecambe are a good footballing side though and we will have to be at our best.”