Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will oversee a mass clear-out at Oakwell during the summer but refuses to predict when his new-look side will regain their Championship status.
The Reds' defeat at Middlesbrough last week condemned them to relegation after eight seasons in the second tier and Wilson confirmed "15 or 16" first-team squad members will be out of contract in the summer.
The players' futures will be decided at a board meeting next week and Wilson said the retained list will be made public "by the middle of next week".
"The directors will want us to bounce back as quick as we can and everybody will work towards that," Wilson said.
"If we're able to great, but if not we have to make sure it's the season after to try and keep trying.
"I don't know what the future holds for us, I've no idea. I wish I did because I'd be winning the lottery every week.
"I don't think anybody can say at this moment in time that we will definitely be up there. The bookies will try and I'm sure we'll be short odds because of where we've come from."
Wilson said some of his current players would be playing for new contracts in his side's last game against promotion-chasing QPR on Saturday and that one of his main tasks in the summer would be to instil a winning mentality throughout the club after their perennial battles against relegation.
"The town has got enough to sustain a club in the Championship, but we've not been good enough to retain it, that's for sure," added Wilson, who steered the Reds to the top flight in 1997 in his first spell as manager.
"I've got to be honest about that. Are we good enough to get back again? Of course we are and we will be eventually.
"I think the sustainability from within the fanbase will help us to do that and we've seen a response to it already with the season tickets.
"So it's there for us. We're in the early stages of rebuilding now, so it's difficult to say, but when you start to see new players coming in it will give some people an upbeat mood.
"At the moment it's a bit flat, but that will soon move."