Sol Campbell "cannot wait to get going" in his first management job at League Two's bottom side Macclesfield.
The former England, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal defender signed an 18-month deal with the Silkmen, who last month sacked Mark Yates but are now just four points adrift of safety after beating Exeter on Tuesday night.
"It is a great privilege for me to be here, I can't wait to get going. It has been a long time," Campbell said in an interview with Silkmen TV.
"Football is in my blood, I want to be a part of football again and this is my first step into a managerial post."
44-year-old Campbell believes Macclesfield can soon climb the table, having now won their last two league matches.
"For me, I see potential, I see growth, I see people fighting to do the right things," he added.
"I have just got here, (but) all the people around here are very friendly, (there is) great history with the club and for me being a part of football again is what it is all about.
"I am raring to go and ready for the challenge. I know it is going to be a challenge, but that is what I am all about."
Former Arsenal and England defender Campbell hopes his winning mentality will rub off on the squad.
"There is going to be organisation. As a player I always had drive and detail in my game, looking at all scenarios," he continued to Silkmen TV.
"Hopefully I will give them a lift, get the team spirit really solid and get everyone fighting for each other on the pitch in the right way.
"For me that is what it is all about, for me every game is almost like a cup final and that is how I want the mentality going on the pitch."