Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander says most of his Wembley team is fixed in his mind as they embark on their momentous journey south.
The Town squad set off for London today ahead of their showdown with Burton Albion in the League Two Play-off final on Monday.
And although the manager won’t reveal his team ahead of the big day he confirmed most of his decisions have been made.
“I know 10,” the Fleetwood boss told The Gazette when quizzed about Monday’s squad.
But one thing the manager was clear about was his desire to repay Town chairman Andy Pilley and the club’s supporters on a landmark day at the home of English football.
Alexander said: “For me it’s about repaying the faith put in me by people this season and last.
“I want to give something back to the people who gave me this opportunity.
“I want to help people enjoy these good times. I’ve just got to focus on what makes that happen.”
It’s Alexander’s first trip to Wembley as a manager– the former defender having last visited as a player with Burnley for their 2009 Championship Play-off final success.
He insists nothing will change in the way he approaches the occasion.
“It will be just the same,” he said. “If we do it everyone will have the same feeling of euphoria – the players, the staff and the supporters. It’s a great feeling.
“There will be a reward for all the work put in.”
Should Town be promoted, they will face Alexander’s former club Preston n League One next season.
But all his years of experience tell the Town boss he must put it to the back of his mind.
He said: “I’m not thinking about anything. I’ve done it before as a player.
“When I’ve been there with Preston I’ve started thinking about Anfield and Old Trafford the following year, and when it’s ripped away from you it’s devastating.
“I was thinking about those things rather than what I had to do in the game.
“I can box things off and my full focus has been on this one game.
“If we’re successful, only then can we think about what comes next season.”
Alexander feels there’s no advantage to heading south early, other than to avoid the kind of traffic problems which have already hit his team this season.
He explained:“You go early just to make sure there are no mishaps.
“We didn’t get down to Exeter until 10pm after we’d left at 11 in the morning.
“We don’t want that to happen because you have to prepare right.
“Ideally we’d go down the day before and make it as normal as possible.
“But going early may have the benefit of taking the lads away from everything, keeping them together and getting a relaxed atmosphere.”