And Clough insists the Rams are the ONLY club that could have tempted him away from Burton Albion.
But despite growing up supporting Forest during his late dad's glorious era and playing for them between 1984-1993, Clough considers Derby his hometown team.
And though the Forest job was recently vacant, Clough claims the County post was only position he wanted.
There were tears and cheers as Frank Sinatra's hit was played at the City Ground yesterday when Clough's former players paraded every trophy he won in 18 years in charge of the club.
The side that won back-to-back European Cups under Clough, who died last week, were given a standing ovation by a 25,615 crowd clad in green in memory of the wacky kit their idol wore on matchdays.
Trevor Francis, whose goal gave Forest a 1-0 win over Malmo in Munich 25 years ago, led the parade with John McGovern, the skipper who accompanied Clough on his incredible journey from Hartlepool to the pinnacle of European football.
Clough, 42, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Pride Park to succeed Paul Jewell at the Championship strugglers.
Clough, recruited from nearby Conference club Burton Albion, can expect a superb welcome from fans who still idolise his dad.
The programme charted Clough
's career, including his walkout at Derby County in 1973, all the way to the present day, and the Clough
family proudly gathering in Nottingham last year to see a statue unveiled in the great man's honour.
This essay draws on hitherto-unused evidence about Clough's father's career in the highly competitive transatlantic cotton-trade of the 1820s and 1830s.
Moreover, the new evidence provides a fresh starting-point for a long-standing problem in how Clough is read.
will face Forest in a televised FA Cup fourth-round tie at Pride Park on Friday, January 23.