Marques seemingly has a lot to prove considering the resistance to accept him as the club's new coach, but he is adamant Swallows will be a force to be reckoned with under his tutelage.
"I wanna be successful. I want to achieve things and I want this team to be successful. I'm aware that we have to build on last season," he says.
"I understand that people are looking at me and I must make things happen," Marques admits.
The Dube Birds finished second on the log last season under Gordon Igesund and the new man in charge says the team is not lowering its standards for the 2012/13 season.
"To be honest, my ambition is to win the League. I will love that, no question about that. If you talk about winning trophies, I will love to win every trophy that's available," he says.
However, Marques acknowledges it will be a mountain to climb considering Swallows have only enlisted the services of one new player – Felix Obada, while the other teams have bolstered their squads with numerous signings.
"We have to realize that the opposition have strengthened their teams very well. I mean if you look at the teams around us, they are not the same teams they were last season.
"We have to face the challenges head on… We have to work towards that (success), but it's gonna take its time because nothing is overnight and football is not instant coffee. So we have to be patient sometimes. I want to be right up there when the season ends," Marques adds.
Swallows take on Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final clash, a perfect platform for Swallows to gauge whether they have the squad to surprise all and sundry this season.