Mick McCarthy admitted he still has unfinished business in the Barclays Premier League after Wolves saw off QPR 1-0 at Molineux to clinch promotion to the top flight.
McCarthy failed to save Sunderland from a bottom-of-the-table finishes in 2003 and 2006 and stressed he does have a point to prove among the big boys.
"Of course I do, given a sporting chance," said the Wolves boss. "If I'm given Â£6million to spend like I was last time, which included transfer fees, wages, signing on fees and agents fees then we'll all be in trouble. But of course that won't be the case."
He added: "Last time I think I had a bit of naivety, I also think I had the usual 'well, if that's what I've got then I'll do it' arrogance to think I could.
"We didn't get bashed up, we didn't get a lot of points, but I didn't really get a chance."
The script was written for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to grab the goal that settled matters on an afternoon full of emotion - his 25th of the season, one more than the tally that won him the Championship's golden boot award last term.
The industrious Andy Keogh, who has emerged from zero to hero in eyes of the club's fans, harried and hassled Damion Stewart in the penalty area as he looked to shepherd the ball to safety just a minute after the restart.
And when he nicked in to grab the ball by the byline, Ebanks-Blake was in plenty of space 12 yards out to fire home and send the Molineux crowd wild.
"I'm not sure I can articulate well enough how I'm feeling," added McCarthy. "I'm knackered, I'm beaming on the inside, I'm absolutely thrilled by our achievements. "I'm very proud of the players, they've been brilliant all season long.
"It doesn't register, it doesn't sink in. It's not something you can really savour, you just enjoy the high of it for the moment and savour it when I wake up."
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