Paul Lambert has no intention of letting speculation over his future at Norwich deflect focus from plans to take the Norfolk club forwards next season.
Lambert reacted angrily to questions over links with the Aston Villa vacancy following Tuesday night's testimonial for long-serving defender Adam Drury against Celtic at Carrow Road.
The 42-year-old has transformed the fortunes of the Canaries since taking charge three seasons ago, guiding them up from npower League One and on to retaining Barclays Premier League status with a creditable 12th-placed finish. He said: "I don't think being a manager ever stops. I try to prepare Norwich for next season the best I can."
He added: "[Assistant manager] Ian [Culverhouse] and I have had a chat and we have in mind what we would like to bring to the football club.
"Hopefully we can get those lads in and keep progressing the club. I have told the club and [chief executive] David [McNally] knows the lads I want to bring.
"If we get them, then hopefully we will be okay."
Lambert, however, appreciates it will be another test to secure the type of player who fits in both to the current squad's work ethic and wage structure.
"The higher you go the more the challenge it is to bring in players, but it is something I enjoy," he added.
"We have been abroad to look at games numerous times and there are some terrific footballers out there, but they will demand an awful lot of money. But there are lads we have identified."