Caretaker manager Tim Flowers insists Northampton have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid slipping into the `graveyard` of non-league football.
Flowers, in charge while Town look for a permanent successor to Gary Johnson, took control for the first time on Saturday and saw his side defeated 4-1 at bottom club Plymouth.
He insists the primary job for whoever is appointed as their next manager will be to prevent the same fate suffered by the likes of former Football League clubs such as Wrexham, Grimsby, Mansfield, Cambridge and Luton.
"I'm looking after this until whoever comes in takes over and I haven't lied about any of that. Fundamentally, whoever comes into this club has got to keep this club in the league as their first mission," Flowers said.
"The Blue Square Bet Premier is littered with clubs like us who have gone and have never come back, it's a graveyard for clubs like us. If you go down, it's a really strong league to get out of these days."