Lee Clark has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to be the new Kilmarnock manager and says his priority is to stay in the top flight.
But the 43-year-old former Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City and Blackpool boss is also eyeing a top-six place.
"Once the short-term goal is achieved, obviously the main objective is to stay in this division, then we can build the club," said the Englishman.
"Hopefully we can challenge for those European spots in the future."
Clark takes over from Gary Locke, who resigned last month following the 1-0 home defeat by Hamilton Academical and with his team involved in a battle to avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership.
The former Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham midfielder resigned as Blackpool boss in May after their relegation from the English Championship following a run of only three wins in 33 games under Clark's tenure.
"It is the longest period since I've left school I've been out the game, but there was time for me to reflect and see what's gone right, what's gone wrong and wait for the right opportunity and I feel this is the right opportunity," he told BBC Scotland.
"It's all dependent on the next couple of months, but I see lots of positive things we can achieve.
"The infrastructure is there, the possibilities are there to certainly have the club challenging in the top half when the season splits and have the possibility to compete for the European places.
"They have a tremendous ethos of developing young players and I see the squad just now is full of young talented players."