Andy Griffin believes Stoke must look to emulate Portsmouth if they are to become a fixture in the top flight.
Pompey gained promotion to the Premier League in 2003 and after three seasons of consolidation are now beginning to take positive strides forwards.
A ninth-place finish in 2007 was then topped a year later as they secured eighth-place in the table and rounded off a remarkable season by securing FA Cup glory at Wembley.
With Stoke currently preparing for their first taste of life in the Premier League, Griffin is convinced that two or three quality additions to the squad would enable the Potters to follow in Pompey's footsteps.
"Look at Portsmouth," he said.
"They've got the likes of Sol Campbell, David James, Glen Johnson, Pedro Mendes, and Milan Baros. They have just finished eighth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup.
"That's what we've got to strive to do. They were in an identical situation to us when they got promoted and that is the example we have got to follow."
Griffin added: "This is a very, very big club, and can we establish ourselves as a top flight club? I believe we can.
"We obviously need a few players to come in. Two or three real class players would go a long way in helping us achieve what we want to."