Neil Warnock plans to take Middlesbrough to the "other end of the table" after the club confirmed he will be in charge next season.
Warnock succeeded Jonathan Woodgate in June with the club in danger of relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.
But Warnock won four of his eight games in charge for Boro to finish 17th and the 71-year-old veteran is now planning for next season after admitting "I must have retired about five times now".
"I've really enjoyed myself since I've come up here," Warnock told the official club website.
"It's been hard work, make no mistake. But this is a great club, and I'd like to take it towards the other end of the table.
"I just felt it was the right thing to do, to continue to shape the squad and take it forward. That's what I'm going to try and do."
Warnock, who has a record eight promotion successes as a manager, spoke to club chairman Steve Gibson about extending his stay in the north east after Boro's Championship status was secured.
He had held discussions with their recruitment team and offered advice for future planning even before his own situation was resolved.