Uwe Rosler says the wheels are already turning at Fleetwood Town as plans for next season begin in earnest.
The dust has not yet settled on a historic campaign that saw Town rack up a mammoth 82-point haul and finish fourth in League One.
They might have missed out on a place at Wembley, after losing 1-0 on aggregate to Bradford in their play-off semi-final, but Rosler already has one eye on next season.
The German has one more year on his contract, but after transforming Town from relegation fodder into a team with a top-six mentality in the third tier, Rosler’s stock has risen and rumours of a return to the Championship with Norwich refuse to go away.
Town’s head coach said that after two days of rest and some much-needed sleep he will be back at work, having already started the ball rolling on preparations for next seasson with technical director Gretar Steinsson.
And Rosler is sure the club will speak to him regarding his future. He said: “I think there is a clear message I have for you – (I have) one year more contract and I’m sure the club will talk to me regarding my future, then we see what will happen.
“You can ask Gretar – we are already starting to plan. We have a couple of things in place but in the last two weeks I was so focused on the play-offs.
“Now I take two days off, two days sleep, and then from Wednesday onwards we send the players to their well deserved holidays and we start for next year.”
Rosler likened his “fantastic experience” at Fleetwood to his spell at Brentford, who finished ninth in his first season in charge (2011-12). They lost a play-off final in his second but clinched automatic promotion 12 months later, though by then Rosler had moved on to Wigan.
He is targeting a top-10 finish next term but warns that Town need to recruit and increase their quality. Rosler added: “For us it is a fantastic experience.
“I had the same experience with Brentford. You need to be first there and you also need to fail, but I would not call it failing.
“You need to have those experiences for the next time to be better – that’s not only the players and the coaches but the whole club.
“The next time we are in there we will be better prepared in everything.
“At the end of the week I have to speak to (chairman) Andy Pilley and Gretar to find out what the expectations are next year and what is the framework we have to work in.
“We have to understand that the expectation is rising from our supporters – rightly so after such a monumental season.
“We need to make sure that we are going to increase our quality again in the next transfer window because we want to be there again, hopefully fighting in the top 10.
“That is my own ambition and I’m sure that is also the ambition of Andy.”