Alex McLeish has ruled out the possibility of his Birmingham City side becoming a top-six Premier League club.
The Blues finished ninth last term and McLeish was given funds to strengthen his squad in the summer, with the likes of Alex Hleb, Nikola Zigic, Matt Derbyshire, Jean Beausejour and Martin Jiranek all arriving at St Andrew's.
In the build-up to his team's Carling Cup clash with MK Dons, McLeish said of talk of breaking in to the top six: "It's ludicrous to suggest that. It's incredible that some people think that.
"But my experiences in the game tell me it's nigh on impossible.
"We can all dream and have ambition but there are about eight teams in there who, over a length of the season, will always come to the fore.
"Then the rest are fighting for the other places. If we come ninth again, it will be phenomenal.
"I'd judge that even better than last season. Finishing in the top 17 is our priority again.
"I've got a squad of players I believe could be playing in the team every week. I've not got a first 11 plus 11 reserves. I've got a whole squad that can play in the Premier League."