New Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has spoken exclusively to Forest Player as he begins life in the top job at The City Ground.The Scot was yesterday announced as Sean O’Driscoll’s replacement and has wasted no time in expressing his delight with his new role.
He said: “It’s such an honour. I’m looking at the badge and my name on the jumper and there’s a feeling of immense pride. The heritage, the history – everybody knows about it. It’d be fantastic for us to have a crack at the Premier League again – that is my ambition as Nottingham Forest Manager.”
The former Aston Villa boss oversaw his first training session at The Nigel Doughty Academy this morning and revealed how good it felt to be back in football.
He said: “It was great. You could see during the session - which Rob Kelly and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took - that the lads were enjoying themselves and that the confidence is there. Let’s hope they can take that forward and develop a winning mentality.
“I thought it best to observe this morning because I didn’t want to come in and exert my influence in the first session without having a chance to work on things properly. The players put in a good performance against Leeds and I agree with everything Rob has said to me about our tactical approach to this weekend.”