Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic has his sights set on a return to the Premier League.

Speaking to the club website after the Hornets beat top flight side Tottenham in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, the Serbian set out his aims for the upcoming campaign and said a return to the top flight is what he is aiming for.

While he knows it is not an easy task, he believes he can handle the pressure.

“The target is to come back to the Premier League,” he said. “This is the target. We all need to work together to achieve this goal. It will not be easy for sure. It's not an easy job in front of us, but we will give our maximum and together with our fans, we can achieve our goal. I don't have a problem with this kind of pressure. I can handle it.”

In order to get Watford back among English football's elite, Ivic knows there are some changes that need to be made within his squad.

The former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach has called for his side to shift their mentality and to be more disciplined, while also looking at strengthening his squad.

“It's not easy to come back immediately,” he said. “There are a lot of things we need to do. We need to change the mentality and do things in a better way. The Championship is a very, very tough league and it's a long season with a lot of games. We need to have a big squad to do it.

“Discipline is most important. This is something players must have, on the pitch and outside the pitch and at the training ground. You need to create this. We need to work to create it. Without it, it's impossible to do a good job. When I say discipline, I mean we must be focused on our job, how we can be one system and the system is Watford FC. All of us have a responsibility in our job. It's not easy but day by day, if we work together, and talk a lot, we can do it. The first target is to create this.”