New Nottingham Forest boss Alex McLeish admits the job has come as a surprise.
Big Eck is on a mission to prove he is not damaged goods.
McLeish said: “It was a difficult job at Villa last season, but it was one that I met head on and it was great to get them over the line despite the catalogue of horrors.
“It was draining. I needed the break, I didn’t want to come straight back in. There was no respite from the start to the finish.
“In the end, the glove just didn’t fit. But I don’t regret anything.
“I jumped from Birmingham right into Villa. There was a bit of disappointment at the end of the Birmingham tenure — so it’s not easy going into another job when you’re on a bit of a downer to start with.
“We blooded a lot of youngsters, maybe ahead of their time. And as you can see, it’s up and down a bit just now for Paul. It’s not an overnight job at Villa, it was a work in progress.
“So here we are back in the — as Mick McCarthy texted me — the asylum!”