After agreeing a new contract with Cove Rangers Paul Hartley hopes they can continue to make progress up the SPFL ladder.
Hartley, his assistant manager Gordon Young and fitness coach Tam Ritchie have all agreed new deals to stay at the Balmoral Stadium until the summer of 2025.
Having won League Two this term Cove will be in League One when next season gets underway, however, they have aspirations to go higher.
Hartley said: “We have a five-year plan and where we would like to be is an established Championship club.
“It won’t be easy getting there, but we think we can get there. We want to try to be an established team in the Championship.
“When I spoke to chairman that was one of the things. I enjoy working for Cove and enjoy my lifestyle.
“The chairman also has good plans to develop the stadium, but we know all the things we’ve spoken about will take time.
“That’s why we’ve got this five-year plan because there will be bumps along the way and we might be derailed at certain points, but we’ll get back to it and keep going.
“We’re all in a good place at this moment in time at Cove and we’re all enjoying it.”
Hartley also praised his staff for the success Cove enjoyed in their first season in the SPFL.
The former Scotland midfielder added: “Gordon Young, Tam Ritchie, Gary Hake the under-20s coach, the physios, the kitman and Chris that does our video analysis have all been great.
“I’ve worked with Tam the longest, we go all the way back to 2003 at Hearts and I’ve taken him to every club I’ve been at.
“He’s been terrific for me, he’s got great knowledge, is great with the players and knows his job.
“With Gordon we hit it off working together at Falkirk and after that we always said we’d work together if we got another job.
“He’s a great coach, one of the best I’ve worked with in terms of his preparation and his training sessions.”
Hartley also thanked Cove chairman Keith Moorhouse and the board of directors for their support after he became manager last summer.
He said: “I’ve had great support from the chairman and the board, and it’s not always the same in football, but I’ve had great support.
“I think myself and the chairman think along the same lines when it comes to football.
“We want to try to do the best for Cove, he’s ambitious, I’m ambitious and we have a plan of where we want to be.
“We get on really well and we’ve hit it off since the first conversation we had and long may that continue.”