He says he'll be looking closely at the issue and try to bolster the squad. He admits starting the job so close to January means he'll have to "do his homework" over the next few days.
McLeish was training with the squad earlier today - he says there was "good banter" and he could see a "spring in the team's step".
How are you going to ensure you have the fans behind you?
He says he has taken on previous clubs when they were in "a bit of difficulty".
He says his main aim is to get the club into the top six - aiming directly for the Premier League. He wants the club to "mount a very serious challenge" by working with the existing "good bunch of players".
He says the last few hours have been a whirlwind but it was a "very nice surprise"
He says it's a terrific opportunity for him at Nottingham Forest and he's looking forward to the challenge.
Alexander McLeish is about to be presented as the new Nottingham Forest manager.
Nottingham Forest fans say they're not sure about having Alex McLeish as the club's new manager.