Exeter City 'should not be ashamed' of relegation - Paul Tisdale

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale says there will be no shame in being relegated if his side drop down from League One.

City are second-from-bottom of the table and eight points from safety heading into their Easter matches with Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient.

"We are a club where we are realistic as to what we're capable of," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"We shouldn't be ashamed if we find ourselves in League Two because that's actually probably our natural place."

Tisdale led the Grecians to successive promotions as they advanced from the Conference to League One between 2008 and 2009.

Last season City narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs, but they have struggled this season, winning just eight games in the league.

But Tisdale says he will not risk the club's future by spending money they do not have in a bid to try to stay in English football's third tier.

"We're a very realistic, proper club and the health of the club is the priority, let's not just judge it on where we sit in the league.

"We're not going to spend money we haven't got, we could enjoy our football wherever we play, we can develop our players in whatever league we are in.

"Am I going to go into the weekend's games trying less hard because I'm accepting defeat? No I'm not, I'm going to be willing the players to play at 100% and do our very best to win the games," he added.