Everton skipper Phil Neville is convinced the current team are capable of big things.
A slow start to the season hampered the Blues' European aims but Neville told evertontv that there is a huge amount to build on at Goodison Park ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.
"I think if you ask a lot of Evertonians I think they'd be quite disappointed with the season. I think the manager would be and I think the players would be.
"There's been a lot of negativity surrounding the club this season but we should snap out of that. We finished seventh in the table, we finished eighth the season before that so in terms of league position we've improved on last season.
"I think we're so close to something very special here, the positives we can take out of this season are the foundations are as strong as ever, the spirit and the togetherness of the manager, the players, the staff, the supporters, the whole club is still there," added Neville.
"As long as you've got that foundation you can always be positive."