Mark Robins insists his first impressions of Coventry are of a "magnificent" club since being appointed a week ago.
Robins takes his newly-acquired City side to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup keen to put in a much-needed confidence-boosting display.
As well as struggling financially, the Sky Blues are enduring a difficult time on the pitch having failed to win any of their opening eight games in League One - a division they find themselves in for the first time since 1964. And despite losing his first match at home to Carlisle at the weekend, Robins has made a positive early assessment of the Midlands outfit.
"It's a club that was in the top flight when I was growing up and one that wouldn't be out of place in the top flight should it return there, should we make sure the building blocks are in place. It's a top, top club," Robins said.
"Don't get me wrong, it's a long way off, don't hold me to a timescale. But I think this is one of the clubs that could do it.
"You look at Norwich and Southampton over the last couple of years, they've done particularly well and ended up with back-to-back promotions. There's plenty of work to do, it's a big job. It's a job I'm relishing."