GEORGE Borg will take his place in the dug-out as usual for Sunday's big FA Trophy game at Forest Green Rovers, after discussions with the board of directors on Monday night failed to conclude the on-going ‘will he stay or will he go' saga.
It's business as usual for the under fire Shots boss, who took a last minute training session on Tuesday night after the Ryman League Cup second round clash at Hendon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
This would have been the first of three big cup games in the space of five days.
But talks regarding his long-term future at the club are still on-going with a final decision expected some time next week.
Having spoken to Borg in a one-to-one session on Thursday and after chairing a secret meeting of the board of directors on Saturday lunchtime, chairman Karl Prentice revealed in the Mail on Tuesday that a follow-up meeting with the manager was due to take place some time this week — this time with his board in tow.
Since that 3-1 defeat by Canvey Island almost two weeks ago now, the Rec has been a hotbed of rumours with the whole of the non-League circuit keeping a close eye on developments.
The stick that Borg and indeed the board of directors received from the terraces after that game and during the 1-0 victory over Chesham last Saturday, did not go unnoticed, prompting Mr Prentice to round up his troops and discuss the best way forward for the football club.
Three meetings on, nothing has been decided, but Rome wasn't built in a day and the chairman is well aware that timing is the key as Borg's immediate future goes under the hammer.
In a brief statement, he said: "The full board met on Monday and it was agreed that there would be no further developments on the situation with regard to the way forward for Aldershot Town Football Club.
"We have three very important cup ties in the coming days starting tonight at Hendon and I can confirm that the current situation remains unchanged."
Borg decided against commenting on his thoughts of the lengthy meeting and turned his attentions to the three cup games this week which could go a long way to deciding Aldershot's season.
On Thursday night, the Shots entertain Jewson Wessex Leaguers Brockenhurst in a Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final at the Rec (ko 7.45pm).
He made seven changes for the trip to Hendon on Tuesday but, injuries permitting, Borg is likely to field the same side against Brockenhurst that beat Chesham on Saturday.
A final at the luxury St Mary's Stadium is the obvious aim for Borg's boys this season, but Brockenhurst will be no push-over on Thursday night.
They beat Kingstonian in the FA Trophy earlier this season and are going well in their league led by Aldershot's neighbours Fleet Town.
The good news for Borg is that, providing this game goes ahead as planned, then Paul Harford and Leon Townley will have served their suspensions in time for the crucial trip to The Lawn on Sunday. Kick off is 2pm of course.
Lee Protheroe is the only one to miss out. His one-game ban for accumulating five bookings doesn't start until Saturday.
So with a strong squad still assembled, Borg can be confident of another accomplished display from his players in a bid to silence his critics.
He said: "It's going to be tough but if we can put in a good performance then I'm sure we can come away with a result.
"People talk about the standard of Conference football but I believe that it is easier to stay afloat in that league than it is to win the Ryman premier.
"Look at Garry Hill. He's never managed a team in the Conference before now and is doing a great job at Dagenham, although he does have a healthy budget.
"We've had Forest Green watched and they are a better side at home than they are away. They proved when they took Macclesfield to penalties in the FA Cup that they can mix it a bit.
"But if we can go into the match the way we did against Bristol Rovers, looking to attack and take the game to them, then I feel we'll be up for the challenge. In fact, I'll be disappointed if we did that and failed to come away with a result."
Nigel Spink's Rovers currently lie 15th in the Conference after a poor recent run which has seen them slip down the table after a bright start.
Their Trophy pedigree, however, is undoubted. Rovers reached the final at Villa Park last season for the second time in the last three seasons — going down 1-0 on both occasions, first to Kingstonian and then to, you've guessed it, Canvey Island!