For West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo, just being a Premier League manager in 12 months’ time will be an achievement.
This time last year Albion were stumbling, locked in a private joust for second spot in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, with champions-elect Newcastle United seemingly out of sight.
The Baggies were to lose their Hawthorns meeting with Billy Davies’ men at the start of the calendar year, being beaten with such emphatic ease (3-1) that few would have put money on Albion finishing in the second automatic promotion spot.
Yet Di Matteo’s men were to not lose at home again until Manchester City rolled into town in November.
Somewhere in between they won promotion with a club record points tally.
“We hope we are in the Premier League this time next year,” said the Albion head coach.
“That’s what we’re all working towards and it would be a magnificent achievement if we managed to be there in December 2011.
“I haven’t done it yet because we still have games to play that could make a big difference but I think we can be pleased.
“2010 has been a very good year for the club. We haven’t lost many games, we have scored a lot of points and done a lot of good stuff.
“We have broken a few boundaries with the best Championship year in the club’s history, the best start to the Premier League and the highest position in the Premier League.
“We have achieved a lot of new targets and broken a lot of records, like never having won somewhere for many years.
“I think all in all it’s a been a very positive year for all involved, and on a very tight budget as well.”
Asked about his favourite moments of 2010, Di Matteo struggled to pick out a particular moment – naming several notable performances.
“Maybe the Doncaster game because of the significance of us going up but Leicester at home was a good game too,” he added.
‘‘Arsenal was a great day too, probably because of the way we did it, but Everton was a hell of a performance as well.”