GUTTED Stuart Kettlewell admits Ross County face a summer of CUTS after dropping to the Championship.
The Staggies co-boss inherited a shambles from Owen Coyle in March but despite inspiring a minor fightback he was unable to save them from the drop.
Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson now have to mastermind their way back from the Championship.
And their plan will be to restore the club’s IDENTITY again.
He said: “It goes without saying that everyone’s head is down and emotions are raw.
“We know there will be different scenarios, there’ll be cuts, players wanting to ply their trade elsewhere, but we’ll tackle it head on.
“It’ll all transpire over the coming weeks but for now we’re just taking our medicine and licking our wounds.
“Relegation is difficult to take but we’ll come back out fighting, we have to.
“It’s happened so we have to go back and think about how it moves forward, we’ll have our ideas and we need to sit down with the chairman.
“It has been well documented how much he’s backed this club in the past and he’s backed myself and Steven going forward, irrespective of today.
“What changes is revenue from playing in the Championship. We need to see how it affects us.
“Football clubs aren’t all just about throwing money at things and trying to buy success though.
“A huge part of it is about identity and ethos, and from our point of view we want to put our stamp on it.
“That’s a big thing for us before we start thinking about money or budget or anything else.
”How can we drive the club forward?
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“We weren’t banking on this happening, we were always thinking we wanted to stay up. It was never a case of taking a step back to come forward.
“So this is a huge body blow but we’re more than capable of recovering from it.
“Where has it gone wrong? We have not won enough games of football, it’s as simple as that.
“We have to go away now and look at the finer details of that to see where we have been unsuccessful.”