Looking to the season ahead for Villa, the former Watford man added: "Ask anyone at the club; management or players, they'll tell you this is going to be the season we must get into Europe.
"Realistically that's what we're looking to do and I think it's well within our grasp. We think Aston Villa can even break into the top four.
"You can look at it being tough or you can look at it being exciting. The way I look at it, it's going to be a great season. I can't wait for it to begin.
"The chairman has brought in plenty of money and we need to start producing the form to go with that."