"I don't get too carried away with myself," he said. "We signed good players this year, we had a good team and it was great to do it. But I don't think I had anything to prove to anyone. I took a great deal of pride in watching four boys I signed at a really young age playing in the Champions League final. That would always mean a lot to me, seeing them become top players.
"I'm looking forward to European nights at Fratton Park - you just know the atmosphere will be fantastic. The owner [Alexandre Gaydamak] has been really supportive. People try all their lives to win an FA Cup and he comes in and, within two years, he's seen it done.
"So the club's in great shape. Paul Hart did great things with the kids at Leeds United, then at Nottingham Forest, and now he's with us. We're looking to produce some more great young players at this club."