Liam Rosenior says he has no hard feelings towards Derby County after leaving the club, although he felt he was the best man to take them forward.
Rosenior was interim manager for the Rams during a turbulent recent period.
Former manager Wayne Rooney left at the end of last season following relegation to Ligue 1, having almost kept them after a 21-point deduction.
Longtime Derby fan David Clowes completed his takeover of the club in July, ending nine months of administration and uncertainty surrounding their very existence.
Former full-back Rosenior then led the club through pre-season and a summer recruitment process, where they at one point only had five players on their books.
He also led the Rams to four wins in their first nine games, but recently left his role with Derby in 11th place, with Paul Warne taking over as permanent boss.
“I consider myself a number one now,” he told talkSPORT. “I think the work I’ve done in Derby, in a short time, shows that. From where we started with five players and being level on points with the play-offs.
“This football club has been in a difficult situation for a long time. I am now leaving the club in a great position.
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“David Clowes came to save the club and I left the club where I think they can succeed. I think Paul [Warne] will do a great job there.
Rosenior also detailed the conversations he had with the new owner and how he made it clear he wanted the full-time position.
He continued: “I made it very clear that I thought I was the best person to take the club forward. There was an agreement that if I met the expectations that the club expected of me, I would have very good chance of getting the job permanently.
“That didn’t happen and I have no resentment towards that.
“These are the goals of a football club. I am someone who believes in building a short and long term team.
“I think that puts the club in the best position to go forward. At the same time, you know there are consequences to that, and was I the right person to be the best surety for promotion this season Probably not.
“I’m open enough to say that. At the same time, could I have succeeded? Who knows. I am convinced that we would have been in the short term.
“As an owner you can’t just watch what someone says, you have to watch the record, and Paul’s record of coming out of League One is fantastic.”
Managing the complex situation at Derby is not a task many would take on, but Rosenior is proud of the job he has done.
He added: “Going through an administration, and obviously I was Wayne’s assistant manager [Rooney] who has done an outstanding job as a manager.
“Managing this situation has not been easy and come out of the championship with 55 points with more than 20 debuts made.
“We had a three-week pre-season, so I tried to sign players, get them in shape and put them into a style of play that I’m really strong in, and then get results all right now.
“The most important thing for me in the recruitment process is to understand the level of the football club that Derby County is.
“I know that the privilege of working for a football club like this brings hope to win games as soon as possible.
“I was aware of that. The quality of the player I brought shows the level of expectation from the football club.
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