Paul Williams has told Nottingham Forest’s official site that he would never have taken the head coach job at the City Ground without Dougie Freedman’s blessing.
Freedman was sacked by Forest earlier in the week, after a run of just one win in six matches.
Williams, who Freedman brought to the club, has now been placed in charge of the team until the end of the season, but the 44-year-old insists that he only took the job after speaking to the Scot.
"I told Dougie that I wouldn't take it without his blessing and fortunately he said yes,” Williams said.
"I'm here for ten weeks now. The players love playing for Nottingham Forest and I just want that to come out in the remaining games.
"We've got to go out and try and force things. To use a boxing analogy, we have to start throwing the first punch in games.”
Forest’s decision to sack Freedman came after a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, and it hasn’t been unanimously accepted.
Supporters of the Reds have been crying out for stability, and there was an opinion that Freedman was doing a credible job at the City Ground, given the restrictions he was working under.
Williams has made a bright start to his role as head coach, though, as he helped Forest take a point from the KC Stadium.
Forest managed to draw 1-1 with promotion chasing Hull City yesterday evening, with Gary Gardner scoring the Midlands side’s goal.
Forest are now in 14th place in the Championship table, and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has suggested that he won’t be appointing a new permanent boss until the end of the season.