Peter Hutton has warned Finn Harps that he “fears for the club” in its current stance.
The Harps manager believes the board must decide whether to actively pursue promotion with the requisite outlay or to put a focus into youth.
“We’re at a crossroads, that’s for sure,” Hutton said. “We’ve got to realistic about promotion and if we are then the club needs huge investment.
“If that’s not the case and it isn’t feasible then we certainly have to look at the youth.
“This issue needs to be decided in the very near future. At this stage I fear for the club.”
Hutton was speaking in the wake of his side’s 2-0 loss against Mervue United on Friday night - a result that leaves Harps third from bottom in the First Division.
“It’s no coincidence that any club that got promoted over the last number of years have done so on very substantial budgets compared to what we’re on,” Hutton added.
“If we are going to be realistic and talk the talk then we have to walk the walk in terms of getting investment.
“That means the board themselves needs an overhaul. The club itself - if you’re serious about promotion - also needs an overhaul.”