French-Tunisian manager Sabri Lamouchi says he is “very happy, very excited” after being named as Nottingham Forest’s new boss.
The 47-year-old was on Friday named as the replacement for Martin O’Neill at the City Ground.
“I am very happy, very excited. It’s a big English football club with a huge history,” Lamouchi told French outlet L’Equipe.
“I felt a lot of respect, investment in me. Being coach of a legendary club, it is a great pride. And this even counts in the Championship.
Nottingham name Lamouchi as their new manager
“The Championship not necessarily known in France but it’s very long, very difficult. It’s a huge challenge. I approach it with a lot of ambitions, determination.”
L’Equipe asked if managing a second-tier side is a step backwards in Lamouchi’s career, to which he answered: “But I have no status.
“Since the beginning of my coaching career I have never stopped challenging myself, by coaching one of the greatest selections in Africa, moving to the Middle East in Qatar, going to Rennes.
“I had in front of me (the leaders of Nottingham) serious people, ambitious, determined. It’s anything but a step back.”
He added, “There is only one [goal]: to return Nottingham to where it should be [the Premier League]. Many people have tried to do the same.
“Will we get there? I do not know. What I know is that I have only one desire: to put all my energy in to do it.”