Sol Campbell says his group of players will go down in Macclesfield history, if they manage to defy the odds and keep the club in the Football League.
The Silkmen are three points from safety, with nine ‘cup finals’ left to play, and this afternoon it’s play-off hunters Stevenage who make the trip to Moss Rose.
The Boro are five points from the top seven, but Campbell believes this is not what his Silkmen players should be focusing on.
“We’ve got to think beyond that and concentrate on what we need out of the game – it’s a mental thing,” explained Campbell. “Regardless whether they are at the top or looking at the play-offs, we have got something to play for and we will fight for it on the pitch.
“Three, four months ago, everyone was saying we were dead and buried, but we are now galvanising. If we survive, these guys will be heroes for sure. They will be club legends, and they will always be able to draw from this experience going forward.
“We need to see the passion, the skill, the focus, the blood, sweat and tears; we need all those elements, from the players and the fans as well. We got a great result last week and we need to build on it.”
Campbell is a firm believer that mentality plays just as big a role as abilities on the pitch and wants his players to be stronger in both aspects now more than ever before.
“It’s all about how we show character, who you are as a person, and how we apply ourselves on the pitch,” he said. “We need to go out there and prove that we can do it, and I know the team can.
“The atmosphere has been good, and I feel like the guys have worked out what they want out of their footballing careers, and that has focused their minds and they are deadly serious. As a manager, I want to see that, and we can take it into our games.
“The job is not done, we have so much to do. But we can achieve it, and it is going to take drive, desire and togetherness on and off the field.”
However, this survival battle is not solely down to the players, but everybody who has the town and football club in their heart.
“I’m learning a lot about myself, I have to be switched on,” added Campbell. “I really care about where we are and what I am doing here, and I want the team to stay up, so I am doing everything in my capabilities to ensure that happens.
“The fans are the life and soul of the club, they are the extra men on the pitch. We need everybody working together for a brighter future.”
By Matt Bates