George Borg says that Enfield Town would have been beaten by his brother's Sunday League team when he returned to the club.
The fact that Town's ultimate fate is in their own hands is a testament to the job that Borg and his players have done since he was re-appointed in December.
Enfield head into the final day of the Ryman Premier season two points above the bottom four after picking up just one point over the Easter period.
A 1-1 draw at Wingate and Finchley on Saturday was followed up by a 5-3 defeat at home to fellow relegation rivals East Thurrock United.
Despite those setbacks, the Towners know that a win at already relegated Cray Wanderers at the weekend will see them remain in the Premier Division regardless of other results.
And Borg says the fact the club's destiny remains in their own hands is a mark of how far Enfield have come in five months.
"My brother's Sunday side would have beaten Enfield before I took over," said Borg. "It was a Sunday side when I took over. It wasn't a properly run side.
"We're still in with a chance and when I took over Enfield were dead and down."
"I want people to realise these players have worked their socks off for their football club."
There are various permutations that would see Enfield survive even if they did not win at bottom of the table Cray, with Wingate and Finchley in 22nd and East Thurrock United in 21st the most likely to leapfrog Town, however Borg says that his focus remains solely on his own team.
"At the end of the day we've got to try to keep an open mind," explained Borg.
"This Saturday they [Wingate & Thurrock] both know they've got to win. I'm not thinking about that though, I'm thinking they're going to win on Saturday."
Enfield will be without regular number one Noel Imber after the goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder in the draw against Wingate.
Imber's misfortune meant that centre-half Lee White donned the gloves and despite letting in a soft goal, White proved to be the hero with a point-blank save at the death to preserve a precious point.
"He did OK. He's a centre-back, not a goalkeeper. He's not got the reactions or knowledge to play in goal," admitted Borg.
"Any goalkeeper would save it but he did a great save at the end of the game. People look at that and say that he's a wonderful goalkeeper."
Youngster James Chalk will be in goal for the trip to Cray and Borg believes that it is important to be able to call upon youth team products.
"We can't just go and pick a goalkeeper out of the air at this stage of the season and we've an Under-21 system and if we can't rely on the Under-21 system then we might as well pack up and go home," stated Borg.
"James did well for us but unfortunately he came in at a tough time. His defenders need to protect him a bit and defend the right way."
With Saturday's date with destiny looming, Borg has a simple message for supporters: "I want to see everyone turn out at Cray and show how much they really care because these players love this football club, they really do."