Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has warned that he will make major changes to his squad this summer, despite the Potters having finished 12th in the Premier League.
Pulis is expecting a tougher time in City's second season back in the top-flight and will not allow sentiment to get in the way of his planning.
He told The Sentinel: "The people who've played a great part for this football club over the past season or two will have to move on.
"It will be very difficult, but a lot of guys haven't played as many games this season as they have in the past and they won't want to be hanging around again, because they are all competitive players who want to be playing.
"There will be changes all over to make sure we can drive forward. Even mid-table Premier League clubs are miles in front of us.
"If anybody gets carried away and thinks we are going to finish better next year, they are kidding themselves.
"We need two or three years to grow in this league, because I know we're so far behind after going round other clubs and speaking to managers about their set-ups.
"The gulf on and off the pitch is enormous and we've only managed to bridge that gap this season through the great spirit we've generated. Now we need to try and find more quality to push on."