If the footballing gods were to offer Mick McCarthy eighth place in the final Premier League table, the Wolves manager would no doubt sacrifice a limb or three and sell the odd soul to expedite the transaction.
It would be a magnificent achievement and one that would exorcise any ghosts who have lingered since the former Republic of Ireland coach last managed in the top flight.
That was with Sunderland in 2005-06 when the Black Cats embarked on an execrable attempt at avoiding relegation in which just 15 points were garnered.
But Marcus Hahnemann, the veteran goalkeeper added to the Old Gold ranks to ensure that doesn’t come to pass, believes his new team are better placed to make an impression at the pinnacle of English football than his last one.
That was in 2006/7 when Hahnemann and Reading took the hardest league of all by storm and broke into the hallowed octet at the expense of illustrious rivals like Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle United. And the American says Wolves are in a superior position than the Royals were when they began their Premier League odyssey.
“It’s such a tough league and we don’t have a lot of experience,” Hahnemann, 37, said. “At Reading we had no experience in the Premier League and finished eighth and built on that.
“We have a lot of young guys who are really hungry, that’s going to carry us through. We have some unbelievable players here, the squad is really deep as well. That is the one thing that is way better than Reading.
“The guys you can bring in is something we didn’t have [at Reading] and injuries are something that is going to play a big part next season. We have the squad to deal with that.”
They also have an embarrassment of riches in goal too. Hahnemann is one of two internationally recognised keepers while Carl Ikeme and Matt Murray, when he is fit, provide the sort of cover Steve Coppell could only have dreamed of during his tenure at the Madejski Stadium.
Wolves seem to be hitting form at the right time. Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over Scunthorpe United was the club’s biggest of pre-season, with Hahnemann and two-goal midfielder Greg Halford both shining.