Sutton United manager Paul Doswell will wield the axe as he attempts to build a side to deliver Blue Square football within two years.

The 42-year-old former Eastleigh boss took over at Gander Green Lane on Wednesday and has told his squad only four will be at the club next season.

Craig Dundas, Warren McBean, Tom Hughes and Alan Bray will all survive, but contracted striker Steffan Ball must win over his new manager to avoid the cull.

Doswell took Eastleigh from the Wessex leagues to Conference South in four years in charge at Silverlake Stadium and invested £25,000 of his own money in the club.

The property developer, who has signed a two-year deal, will not be dipping into his own pocket to help turn Sutton's fortunes around.

But he has promised a complete overhaul of the playing staff, despite only having what he describes as a "mid-table" budget.

"In the same way as winning becomes a habit, so does losing and this place needs a new brush to sweep away the cobwebs," he said.

"I am aiming to put a smile back on the supporters' faces. This is a huge club that has lost its way.

"There are clubs in this league that are paying players three times what we can offer - I would say we are barely in the top half of the table as far as budget goes.

"I want my own players and I will set them the challenge of reviving a struggling club.

If they don't want to be part of that, they are in it for the money - and that is not the sort of player I want."

Doswell is Sutton's fourth manager in less than 12 months, a disastrous period that saw them finish with the lowest points total in Blue Square South history.

Ian Hazel, Ernie Howe and Jimmy Dack were all unable to prevent the club's slide in to the Ryman League Premier Division, where, next season, they will face local rivals Carshalton Athletic.

But Doswell - who, having raised £100,000 in sponsorship at Eastleigh, insists he is only concentrating on the football side at Sutton, is confident a return to the second tier of non-league football is within his grasp.

He said: "I want to be judged solely on results and not the amount of money I can raise.

"It is going to be difficult, but I would like to think Sutton United will be playing Conference South football when my contract finishes."