Gianfranco Zola has insisted the ambitious new owners of Watford will give him plenty of time to engineer a push for promotion.
The Pozzo family replaced Sean Dyche with Zola in the summer as the former Italy and Chelsea striker returned to the dugout two years after being sacked by West Ham.
The Hornets began their Championship campaign with a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace, but they have lost four of their last five including a Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford.
But Zola is delighted to be back in London and claims he has been granted a season in which to find his feet, before launching the club back towards the Premier League.
"Why did I choose Watford? For two reasons: my family wanted to return to England, we have always been happy here, and I like the Pozzo's project," he said.
"We want to make Watford into the 'English Udinese'. In England 'project' is a serious word and you are given time. In Italy, two defeats make everything a failure.
"The club have allowed me to settle in this season. We'll think about promotion next season.
"If we are in the play-offs in the spring, we will look at things again."