Tottenham boss Martin Jol insists even Jose Mourinho couldn't have bettered what he has done at White Hart Lane.
Two seasons ago they were a win from the Champions League and they secured fifth again in the last campaign, leading to the heightened expectation to compete for a top-four place this time around.
Jol's case is strengthened by the number of young players he has brought through since taking over from Jacques Santini in 2004 - the oldest players starting against Middlesbrough last night were 27-year-olds Paul Robinson and Teemu Tainio.
"Sam Allardyce always had a different philosophy," said Jol. "He always took free transfers, pay high wages. We want the value on the pitch."