He told City's website: “I’ve heard things said about Chelsea and this is a similar situation, but this isn’t a similar situation, Chelsea were a Champions League team when Abramovich came in. They were established right at the top.
“Manchester City are a very good Premier League team, which they have been for a number of years, but we need to establish ourselves in the top six. Then you take the next step and with the financial backing the Club’s going to have there would be no reason for it not to happen but you’ve got to take it one step at a time.
“You’ve got to build this Club up enough to really make a charge because you can’t do it overnight. You can’t bring in players and then suddenly say ‘next year we want Champions League’ because realistically it isn’t going to happen.
“The top four teams, along with Villa having a right go, are established so it’s up to us to basically take it one step at a time and get involved in the top six and then with the financial backing of the Club one or two players can come in and we can have a right go for the Champions League places.
“Where that leaves me then, I don’t know, but my aim at the moment is to do as well as I can and establish this Club into the top six...then hopefully hang in when these players come in. If they need somebody to clean their boots – I’ll be doing that as well.”