Bristol City have appointed Gary Johnson as their new manager after he agreed to leave Yeovil.
They confirmed his arrival, to succeed Brian Tinnion as boss, after agreeing a compensation deal with the Glovers.
"I'm very excited about the job in hand, although a little bit of me is sad about leaving Yeovil," Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.
"I've had five fantastic years there, and made a lot of friends - I haven't really had the chance to say goodbye."
Tinnion left Ashton Gate after the 7-1 defeat against Swansea City - but Johnson revealed that he did some research of his own before deciding to make the move.
He added: "I'm very excited about the prospects here at Bristol City.
"I think I can do the job that people want me to do here, and I'll give it everything to put Bristol City where they want to be.
"Bristol City were one of only probably two clubs I would have left Yeovil for.
"The reason for coming is that I want to take a 10,000 gate and make that a 20,000 gate.
"Judging by the supporters' websites I've been looking at over the past few days it's an appointment I think the fans want.
Johnson, who turned down the Derby job in June after holding talks with the Rams, has also previously managed Cambridge United and Latvia.
Yeovil explained in a statement why they "reluctantly" agreed to allow Johnson - who had been the 12th longest serving manager in the League after joining the Glovers in June 2001 - to leave.
His former assistant Steve Thompson has taken over as caretaker manager at Huish Park.
Steve Thompson (right) will take over from Johnson temporarily
"The board of directors is disappointed to be losing a manager who has played a crucial role in the last five years of success," the statement said.
"But we have always stated that if Gary wished to be considered for other managerial opportunities, we would not stand in his way, subject to all contractual issues being dealt with properly.
"However, we must move forward and we trust the fans will get behind Steve Thompson and the team on Saturday."
It will be Thompson's second spell as caretaker boss - having stepped in during 2000 after Colin Lippiatt's resignation.