A month had now passed since that conversation in my own house. The season was nearly here, up first a test of my professionalism - away to Rochdale on a Tuesday night. The media seemingly wanting to heap more pressure on myself by televising it - the whole nation would be watching. This would have an impact on the starting line-up. First up though, I had to face the press conference again.
So Joe, one month gone in football management - how has it been?
I tell you what, it's much harder than Football Manager. Players don't just turn up at your door and you offer them what you've got, you've got to persuade them and sell the club to them, the facilities, the team-mates, the plan, and the money involved. At first I thought this would be a nightmare job - but as soon as I got the ball rolling, I was like a kid in a sweet shop.
Some unproven talent amongst the players you've signed - can you give any background to the likes of Quintero and Adryan?
I'm getting sick of the media accusing me of signing unproven players. They're proven in their own right. I had once been in Mexico for 6 months and watched plenty of the football up there - Quintero was a stand-out striker for me. He's quick, physical, clever, and has great technical ability. I think he's our prize asset. I can face the fact he may not start firing straight away and I would get questioned for this signing - but once he does start returning the £4 million price tag, I can assure you they'll be building statues of me in the City centre. Same with Adryan, he's a natural talent. A real coup for the club, I'm not going to go into the price, but Flamengo had a cheap sell-out clause for a reason - he wanted a move to Europe. From a business point of view, this lad could create huge profit for the club in future.
You've managed to make plenty of enemies with fans and other clubs alike with your comments last month. You've even gone on to call Peterborough a 'pub team from Norfolk', and even branded Derby County 'sheep shagging small-timers', will this bother you?
If anything it will motivate me to bring success to Forest. I'm sure haters motivate most professionals in the game - and I am exactly that. The club grows on you very quickly and you begin to share the same feelings as the fans. The games against Derby County I am especially looking forward to, I've always wanted to know what it's like having anti-Prosser chants aimed at you.
Rochdale first for you then, but more importantly Bristol City at the weekend. Are you going to take the Capital One Cup seriously? And how are you feeling on Saturday's game?
Well I am taking the Rochdale game seriously, even if they are a club with less fans than I have. Sky Sports I believe are televising the game, I need to make my impression on a national scale. We will go there and treat it as if we are travelling to Burnley or Crystal Palace. As for Bristol City - of course I am feeling confident. Technology in that part of the world hasn't even advanced past tractors and horses, so what hope do they have in figuring out how to defeat moneybags Forest? Not much if you ask me.
I left the press conference feeling good about myself, I'm the only manager in football who gets these things off his chest. Inappropriate? Perhaps, but it's always good to have everyone with a strong opinion about you. I don't want to be a nobody person like Paul Lambert, do I? We travelled to Rochdale with great confident, on the back of a 3-0 victory over Villarreal. It's crunch time.
Capital One Cup - First Round
Rochdale 0-2 Nottingham Forest
(Ayala 26', Cox 79')
Cocky? Nah, just confidence. Rightly so, Rochdale will never threaten the upper embers of English Football. A dominant first half by the Forest boys, creating chance after chance, however unable to convert any of them. The deadlock was eventually broken on 26 minutes, Daniel Ayala, the loanee rising highest to a Simon Cox corner to send the 1,400 Forest fans behind the dugout into rather ironic cheers. We continued to try and drag the Rochdale defence out, keeping possession key, passing to feet at a slow tempo, and if we do lose it to a counter attack, you could always rely on a high line of the two Danny's (Ayala and Collins) to sweep it up. Simon Cox wrapped up an assuring win, slotting under the keepers' legs from Chris Cohen's lovely through ball.
nPower Championship - Matchday 1
Bristol City 0-1 Nottingham Forest
(Cisse pen 80')
A text book away performance. Exactly how the blueprint put it. Bristol City, you could say dominated the first half, however could not create a clear cut chance, just long shots and weak headers threatening Lee Camp in the Forest goal. Adryan was at the centre of things, running the show with a great variety of passes always finding the man. An edgy second half was decided by a penalty decision given by Howard Webb. Billy Sharp, when turning away from goal, had his heels clipped, and had every right to go down. Edouard Cisse didn't direct the penalty, he located it into the destination of choice, and planted it right into the bottom corner with full power. I went into raptures on the sideline, taking some abuse from Bristol City fans, farmers. The final whistle went on a fine away victory, I took 5 minutes after the whistle to shake Forest hands. A warm welcome.
nPower Championship - Matchday 2
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Ipswich Town '
(Sharp 56', Cox 86')
I've never felt so appreciated in my life. As I walked onto the City Ground pitch for the first time, the sound of 25,000 fans clapping and cheering my name sent shivers down my spine, it almost brought a tear to my eye - however, professional don't do that rubbish, time to get the job done. It took us a while to get going, for the first 35 minutes our inability to get a foot on the ball had me ripping my hairs out. Aimless hoofing when I specifically told and engraved it into the players minds to pass it patiently. We hit the crossbar on half time through Danny Collins, but to be honest, lucky to be level. My decision to push Simon Cox into a more advanced role and to bring on Guedioura for Cisse paid off, we dominated the second half with the flat 4-3-3, and took the lead when Billy Sharp expertly took down Adryan's long ball, sidestepped the keeper and tapped in from about an inch out. We began to get it down and play the passing game teams like Barcelona and Brazil learned off Forest, and made sure of the points when Simon Cox got on the end of Pedrinho's cross. A fine day, as I threw my tie into the Trent End at the final whistle.