STEVE Lomas says he is "quietly confident" about Millwall's prospects ahead of the start of the new Championship season.
The Lions face newly-promoted Yeovil Town in Lomas' first competitive game as manager on Saturday, with 78% of NewsAtDen readers tipping a top-ten finish this term.
But Lomas is keeping his ambitions under wraps. He said: "Expectations are high and we want the fans to be positive, but we're not getting carried away because we knows it's a long season. Setting targets builds things up so we've got to manage expectations.
"But we're quietly confident that we're building a squad that can compete very well in the Championship. You need a little bit of luck with injuries and suspensions throughout the course of any season. Of course we want the fans to be feeling good but it's about results.
"It's been exciting from the day I first came in. I get up early every morning feeling positive – I'm really looking forward to my first game.
"Yeovil have just had a fantastic season, they have a team with good spirit and Gary Johnson has done an unbelievable job there. Having said that, they’re coming to our patch and we want to get on the front foot and start fast.
"We need to hit the ground running and then see where we are in the league at Christmas. The players in the team on Saturday have got the first bite of the cherry, but I’ve got no obligations to pick anybody, even the players I’ve brought in."