Outgoing Brentford manager Mark Warburton believes the Bees can win promotion to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
The west London club announced on Tuesday that the manager, along with assistant David Weir and sporting director Frank McParland will leave at the end of the season, with the latter placed on gardening leave immediately.
And Warburton believes his side have a chance to win promotion to the top flight and, if they don't this season, will eventually reach the Premier League.
He told GetWestLondon : “I believe the club will be in the Premier League in the next few years. I think this squad of players are good enough to get there.
“We'll be prepared for every game. I hope we can keep the supporters happy as they've been up to now.”
The decision to part company came as owner Matthew Benham looked to restructure the club where the manager did not have a veto on any new signings and Warburton felt he was unable to work under that system.
Despite the impending change, the Bees boss insists his side deserve to be among the challengers at the top of the Championship.
He added: “The squad are together and it is a fantastic group of players. They are where they deserve to be because of the level of work they've put in.
“They deserve to be there. I think it's disrespectful when they say Brentford are punching above their weight.
“Last week was unsettling but it was no excuse for the performance. We've got to be as good we can ready for the weekend.”
Warburton has enjoyed a strong relationship with the fans and he paid tribute to their support and looked to reassure them he will continue to give 100 per cent.
He said: “We're totally committed to the cause and to the supporters.
“David and I are privileged to have the backing of the supporters and I hope that continues to the end of the season. It's been magnificent and we're appreciative of that.”
While winning promotion to the Premier League would be Warburton's best achievement, at the time of the announcement he felt the way his side adapted to the pressures of the Championship has been the highlight of his time at the club so far.
He said: “Promotion was a big thing for us but I think the highlight is the way in which this team have adapted to the next level.
“The quality they've shown and the self-belief and their character. That's been the highlight for me. They play without any fear and play some magnificent football. That's a testament to their work ethic.”
The Bees manager's record speaks for itself and Warburton is certain to be in demand from other clubs looking to change their structure.
However, he insisted he was not thinking about life after Brentford and his only focus is to win promotion with the Bees.
He said: “I don't know what the future holds for me post Brentford. Whatever will be will be after that.
“There is no other focus. There is nothing else other than looking after Brentford and making sure they can maximise their undoubted potential.”