Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson believes the upcoming season could prove to be the most important in the club's history.
Posh have previously enjoyed just three seasons in the second tier of English football.
Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I know we've had the promotions and we've had the relegations, but this is for me our most important year.
"If we can stay in the Championship, I think we can grow and get stronger."
Posh were relegated from the Championship in 2010 following a dramatic campaign in which they employed four different managers.
Ferguson left the club in November 2009, but returned in January to lead the club straight back into the second tier.
"It's like baby steps in that it happens gradually. It didn't go right last time, but that's no bad thing just as long as we've learned from it," he said.
Smaller clubs have struggled to prove competitive in the Championship, although Doncaster and Barnsley are two sides who have bucked the trend.
Posh played in the old Football League Division One between 1992 and 1994 and finished 10th, their highest ever league finish, in the 1992-93 season.
With the backing of owner Darragh MacAnthony they once again claimed promotion to the second tier in 2009, but were relegated with just 34 points.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has not ruled out making a second bid for Preston midfielder Paul Coutts.
Posh had an initial bid rebuffed by the League One side for the 23-year-old Scot over the weekend.
"We've enquired about Paul and at the moment we've left it at that," Ferguson added.
"He's a very good player and has definitely improved. He'd give us height and pace and is a good passer of the ball."