Steve Cotterill has vowed to embrace Nottingham Forest's tradition after he was named as Steve McClaren's successor at the City Ground.
The 47-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract after a compensation package had been agreed with his former club Portsmouth.
"I'm very excited - it's a wonderful football club which has great traditions which should be embraced," Cotterill told www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
"I'm really looking forward to getting to work on the training pitch with the players.
"I'm passionate, I want us to play good football and play on the front foot.
"I think there are some very talented players in the dressing room and we'll be looking to enhance that and do well with them.
"I like to think of myself as hard working, honest and a winner."
Cotterill travelled to the east midlands on Friday afternoon as details of the agreement with Portsmouth, which are understood to include a package in the region of Â£250,000 for Pompey, were finalised.
He added: "It's been a sad day for me. It was very emotional leaving Portsmouth because of the relationship I've had with the staff and players down there over the last 17 months.
"My relationship with them was quite special and if I manage to build the same relationship with the players and staff at Forest I'm sure I'll be very happy in the job and they will be happy with me."