The Scot replaced Gerard Houllier in June after joining from rivals Birmingham and was met with much disapproval as a result. However, the former Scotland boss insists that he wasn't surprised when he received a positive reception at Villa Park during his side's 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
"I wasn't really [surprised by the reaction]," he said. "The recent kind of vibes I've been getting was that it was going to be something for me to really look forward to.
"People might have headlined it like I was worried, but I wasn't. I was really looking forward to it and it was a proud moment for myself and my family.
"It was great and the Villa fans were excellent."
Aston Villa are now on four points after earning a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage last week.