New Birmingham manager Lee Clark says the Blues are a "Premier League club in waiting" and has backed himself to build on the work done by predecessor Chris Hughton.
Former Huddersfield boss Clark, 39, was confirmed as the boss at St Andrew's last night, almost three weeks after Hughton departed.
Hughton put together a new-look side following relegation from the top flight, shining in the Europa League and FA Cup before finishing fourth in the Championship.
Blues remain under a transfer embargo, which was placed on the club by the Football League at the start of March having not filed their 2010/11 accounts on time, but Clark is undaunted by the task in front of him.
He said: "It will be a big test but that's just the expectation of myself and my staff. Looking at the basis of the squad, there's a great mixture of experienced players who are still hungry to be successful and young players who are still learning the game."