Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists he was always ready to dive straight back into management following his controversial dismissal from Watford over the summer.
The 41-year-old was sacked by Watford and replaced by Gianfranco Zola despite leading the Hornets to their highest finish since 2008.
Dyche had a brief spell with the England Under-21s coaching staff but he insists he was always looking to assume the responsibility of leading a Championship club.
"I was ready and raring," he said. "Some managers sometimes need a time of reflection and I used that time wisely, of course.
"As people know I've had a spell with the England Under-21s, but I was fresh and ready to go. I didn't need that rest, it just came because sometimes business changes.
"If Burnley Football Club give you a phonecall, the answer's yes in my book. There was no messing around."
When Eddie Howe returned to Bournemouth last month, citing family reasons, he left a side in free-scoring form but haemorrhaging goals at the other end.
Despite enjoying the imperious form of the country's top scorer Charlie Austin among their ranks, Burnley head into Dyche's first game in charge against Wolves on Saturday five points from both the Championship's play-off places and relegation zone.
"It's the reality of the division," Dyche added. "It's a tough division, it's a topsy-turvy division.
"First of all I won't make the defence out to be a massive problem because everybody seems to be doing that.
"Twisting and tweaking things, changing things and giving them maybe a different mindset on defending, I think that's important."