New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is confident he can build on the work done by Roy Hodgson and take the club to even greater heights.
The Welshman was unveiled as Craven Cottage manager on Tuesday, and his assistant, Mark Bowen, has told talkSPORT they believe they can take the west Londoners forward.
That's despite Fulham competing in Europe for the first time last season and defying all the odds to reach the Europa League final.
But Bowen told the Parry and Graham Show that he and Hughes are not daunted by the task facing them.
He said: "Friends have asked ‘why are you going there, how much further can you take them'?
"And yes, they’ve had two good years. They finished 12th in the Premier League last season but we feel we can build on that with the right investment and take them forward."
With just 10 days to go until the start of the new Premier League season, Bowen admits he and Hughes need to hit the ground running, particularly as they look to bring in new additions.
He added: "Roy Hodgson has left us a very solid platform, but you can’t afford to be playing catch up in the Premier League.
"Player acquisition is massively important for any club and you’ve always got to look to improve and strengthen to try to hit the ground running. If you have a poor start you make it very difficult form yourself. So we’ve got a very busy couple of weeks coming up."
Hughes has been out of football since being sacked by Manchester City last December and Bowen admits that, although the pair had chances to get back into the game, they were prepared to wait for the right club.
"We had opportunities to go abroad to different places but we felt we’d always be looking over our shoulders and wondering what was going on in the Premier League and that’s no way to approach any job."
One welcome change for the pair will be the support of senior staff at the club after their time at Eastlands turned sour when it quickly became apparent that City's new owners wanted a change of manager.
Bowen admitted: "When we came out of Man City we looked back at certain things and they all pointed to the fact that when they took over they wanted their own man.
"So the fact that the [Fulham] chairman wanted Mark, went for him and got him makes it clear he’s going to back him."
And chairman Mohamed Al Fayed is delighted to have persuaded Hughes to uproot from his north west base and move to London.
He told talkSPORT: "It’s wonderful to get Mark Hughes here. It’s a great achievement and I’m sure he will deliver."