Billy Davies defended his record as Preston manager after Nottingham Forest's automatic promotion hopes were dealt another damaging blow at Deepdale by a 3-2 defeat.
Forest boss Davies remains a hate figure among Preston followers after he controversially quit the Lancashire outfit to take over at Derby in 2006.
Booed and jeered as he took his place in the visiting dug-out, the fiery Scot's day soon got worse as Forest fell 3-0 behind by half-time thanks to Ross Wallace's breakaway effort, Callum Davidson's penalty and Matt James' stunning piledriver.
Davies, who saw his side score through Dexter Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw, said: "I was very proud coming back here and always will be, being the most successful manager in its history. I know that underneath that energy and desire to win the game there's a huge amount of respect.
He added: "The atmosphere was the same when I went back to Derby with Forest. But where is the morality and respect in football nowadays? You're only as good as your last game in this business and people forget very quickly, especially when they don't know the facts.
"I know from the letters I've received, not only from here but also Derby, there has been respect from many people and great admiration for what has been achieved."