Torquay United manager Paul Cox says the club deserves to be in 19th place in the National League.
The Gulls, who were relegated from the Football League in April 2014, are three points off the relegation places.
Cox is hoping to bring in some new players as he tries to put a team together on a vastly reduced budget after a summer takeover.
"I think we're the position where we deserve to be and where the club deserves to be," he told BBC Sport.
Torquay have won only two of their opening eight fixtures and have not won any of their last five games.
"Going forward, do a lot of things need to happen for us to have a successful season? Yes they do," added Cox, who was appointed after the club's takeover following the new board's decision to dispense with the services of Chris Hargreaves.
"Did I think we'd be in the play-offs at this stage of the season? No I didn't. Did I think we'd be around mid-table? No I didn't, if I'm honest.
"But are we a team that's going to affect this league at the minute? No we're not, that's my honest assessment."