Reading boss Steve Coppell admits his side wouldn't have coped with UEFA Cup football this season.
The Royals travel to Blackburn on Saturday in a repeat of their final Barclays Premier League fixture of last season - a 3-3 draw that saw the top-flight newcomers fall just a single goal short of a place in the UEFA Cup.
Coppell said: "The last time we went to Blackburn, it was a terrific game that epitomised what we were about - we were behind three times and came back three times.
"It was a really entertaining fixture but my agenda had been set before then anyway.
"And my thoughts on European qualification would have been proved true by now. I had said before I wasn't bothered about Europe and literally I wasn't.
"I was delighted we were where we were - we had made history for the club and that was enough. I'm never one to be greedy."
He said: "In many ways, Blackburn are a club we admire immensely because they are a similar sized club to ourselves and based on the background of a local man (Jack Walker) who has helped the club and who I believe still is from beyond the grave.
"They are a very sound footballing outfit. They work the market well in acquiring players who come up trumps for them. They are very much the model of what we aspire to be."