Phil Brown marks four years as Southend United manager on Saturday when his team travel to AFC Wimbledon.
The sole focus then will be trying to guide Blues to three wins in three games.
But Brown allowed some time on Friday morning at his pre-match press conference, held at Fairfield BMW, to look back on his time at the club.
And he believes the options he has up front are a sure-fire sign that the club is moving in the right direction.
“I look back on my time with pride and a lot of sense of achievement to a certain extent," he reflected.
“The challenge was to try and get the club from the second division into a higher division, which we’ve done, and now the challenge is moving from the first division to the Championship.
“I was asked how I would measure the progress and anybody can look at league tables and judge it on the fact that we’re a division higher than where I inherited the football club but at the same time I look at it from a budget point of view. I have by far a greater budget [now] so the support from my Chairman has been great.
“But looking at my strike force in comparative terms, and it’s no disrespect to the strike force when I walked in, we’ve actually moved on more than a division.
“You’re talking about Britt Assombalonga, Gavin Tomlin, Freddy Eastwood and Barry Corr compared to Nile Ranger, Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Theo Robinson, David Mooney and Frank Nouble.
“That would be the one definite measurement of how far we’ve come.”