IAN Holloway wants to be Millwall's manager for years to come.
The new Lions boss has set out his long-term vision for the club after signing a two-and-a-half year contract to succeed Steve Lomas earlier this week.
And the 50-year-old has assured fans he will be staying at The Den even if Millwall are relegated at the end of the campaign.
Holloway, whose first game in charge is against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, inherits a Lions side hovering just one point above the drop zone.
He has previously guided Blackpool and Crystal Palace to promotion from the second tier but experienced relegation with Leicester City in 2008, before leaving the Midlands club by mutual consent.
He took charge of the Foxes midway through the season so knows from bitter experience how hard it can be to turn a struggling team's fortunes around.
But Holloway's ultimate ambition is to lead Millwall into the Premier League – like he did with south London rivals Palace last season – and insists that would still be the case even if they go down.
"It is a two-and-a-half year challenge – whatever happens," he vowed. "I haven't caused the current situation and I know how tough the division is.
"I went to Leicester, I could not keep them up and it all went horribly wrong. I have been relegated from this league as well as promoted.
"The chairman and I have had a long chat and he understands that I am more than willing to do these two-and-a-half years – at least.
"I am not going to worry about other clubs who might want to speak with me – I am that happy to have this project on my hands.
"Even if we go down this year, I will still be here trying to get the club back up and then promoted again to the Premier League – that's the truth.
"This job isn't about where we are at the moment, but where we're going in the future.
"I try to build up peoples' confidence and pass on my enthusiasm. At the moment I don't know how long that will take, which is why I said to [chairman] John Berylson that I want to be here for the full two years after this season.
"He's fully aware that I am here for the long haul. I won't be walking away from Millwall. I only walked away from my previous job because the chairman might have wanted me to.
"I am very proud of what I achieved at Palace and I want to get a similar thing going at Millwall, even if that takes a bit of time."
Holloway has revealed that the enthusiasm of Berylson and chief executive Andy Ambler during their negotiations played a vital role in convincing him to take the job.
"I just got blown away really by their passion for the club and how they felt I could help them," he said.
"To be honest it was a complete no-brainer. I was so flattered by how much they wanted me. I couldn't help but buy into the club immediately.
"The minute I met John I felt like I'd come home. He is a very impressive man to say the least. The way he and Andy handled our discussions was fantastic.
"They made it clear they didn't want anyone else but me, and that is very hard to resist."