Confident Lee Clark claims he took Huddersfield Town “from nothing to the Championship”.
And now the Geordie, sacked three months before Town’s League I play-off triumph in 2012, says he is ready to show his true managerial ability up in Scotland.
The 43-year-old aims to put his own stamp on Kilmarnock after guiding them to top-flight safety.
Killie fired four goals without reply past Falkirk in the second leg of their play-off final to clinch a 4-1 aggregate win.
The Ayrshire club, who appointed Clark in February, have therefore preserved their 23-year stay in the Scottish Premiership.
And their boss, who suffered relegation from the Championship with Blackpool last season, wants to avoid another close shave next year.
“I’m more than a firefighter,” he told the Daily Record.
“I took Huddersfield from nothing to the Championship, 43 games unbeaten and unearthed gems.
“The last three jobs, two of them I kept them in the league (he has also managed Birmingham City) but the last one (Blackpool) was beyond repair.
“I’m better than that and this is a chance to show people what I am and rebuild.
“It would have been harder if we went down a level but now we have a chance and I need to chat with the powers that be to tell them where to go.”
Clark, who managed Town between 2008-12, said of keeping Killie up: “It’s huge.
“I don’t know what the implications of relegation would have been.
“My own position was okay because I’ve started my recruitment already and I knew what I was doing with the squad before the two legs.
“But usually when clubs get relegated, good people behind the scenes are the first to lose their positions.
“I take that personally as a manager because I don’t want to see good people leave like that.
“So that’s a big weight off my shoulders.”