Harry Redknapp has already started plans for transforming Birmingham into promotion contenders next season as he prepares to sign a new one-year deal at the Sky Bet Championship club.
The 70-year-old has been in talks with the Blues and the formalities are expected to be finalised by the end of the week.
Redknapp was appointed last month for the final three games of the season after Gianfranco Zola quit, and kept the club in the Championship on the final day when they won 1-0 at Bristol City.
The former Portsmouth and Tottenham boss, though, intends for things to be very different for the new 2017/18 campaign.
“As you know, I’ve agreed a deal to manage Birmingham next season,” Redknapp said in his column for the Evening Standard.
“If things are going well around Christmas time, and the owners are happy with how things are progressing, I’m sure there’s a chance we could sit down and look to sort out a second year.
“There is a lot to do between now and then, but I am open to longer if the circumstances are right.
“My family realise it is what I enjoy doing and they support me. It can be stressful, of course, but the buzz of Sunday gave me a taste for it again.”