Peter Houston says a top six finish for his Dundee United side this season would mark his biggest achievement as a manager.
The boss won the Scottish Cup with the Terrors in his first few months in charge, while also guiding the team to third and fourth placed finishes over two seasons.
Having lost key figures such as David Goodwillie, Morgaro Gomis, Prince Buaben and Craig Conway in the summer, Houston believes simply finishing in the top half of the table this term would represent greater success.
“I think it would be the most successful season I've had as manager,” Houston said. “That includes the cup win because when budgets start to get slashed and we lost top players, it was always going to be a struggle this season.
“It was always going to be a player where we made sure we could blood young players. We had to make sure they could stand up and be counted. They have.
“If we finish top six, for me personally as a manager I will be more than delighted. It's a wonderful achievement.
“It might not be what the fans want with regards to winning cups and things like that. But people don't realise with injuries and the amount of players going out, if we finish top six it would be a wonderful achievement.”
United sit fourth in the SPL table with 40 points, with four games left to go before the split.
Houston’s side are six points clear of Kilmarnock and seven ahead of Aberdeen but the manager isn’t willing to accept his team are home and dry yet.
“First and foremost we would like to make sure we get that top six place,” he said. “It's not done and dusted as yet.
“We've given ourselves a wonderful opportunity to try and get there. But I look at teams like Aberdeen who are still capable.
“They are on a great run just now and they are in a semi-final.
“They are more than capable, if they continue that form, of catching one of the teams above them. We've got to make sure it's not us.”