Martin O’Neill said it is a huge honour for him to be the new Nottingham Forest manager as he was unveiled to the media today.
The former Forest player was part of the club's most successful period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and he now returns to take on the manager's role.
He said: "It probably hasn't sunk in yet because things have happened very quickly. Obviously, it goes without saying that it is a privilege and an honour to be manager of the club.
"I have very many fond memories here. I spent 10 years as a player and of course the last five years were pretty exceptional.
"So I am really looking forward to it. It has been a long time since the club has been in the big league and I am going to try and see if I can rectify that. That is my job for the next 18 months if I can."
O'Neill said that he will give it his all to try and take Nottingham Forest back into the Premier League and that all of the emotion of his return to the club must be put to one side if they are to achieve their goals.
He said: "It is great to be back here. Nottingham has been part of my life and even after I finished playing football, I was here for a period of time. My two children went to primary school here so Nottingham has been a part of it.
"But that has gone. There are certainly a lot of new generations who have grown up since that and I think that sentimentality apart, this is a job to do. This is what I am here to do.
"At some stage or another in the near future you can divide those two. Sentimentality – great for a while, then get on with the job which is to try and get up."