New Sunderland boss David Moyes insists he has not been idle as he waited for his chance to return to the Premier League.
Moyes yesterday held his first press conference as Black Cats manager since replacing Sam Allardyce, who left to take over England, last month.
The 53-year-old Scot has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad last November but revealed he has kept himself busy during his eight months away and feels reinvigorated.
The former Manchester United and Everton boss, who believes more and more managers will start taking sabbaticals, said: "It was great to play golf and spend time with my family but this is what I do and I want to get back and get on with it.
"I think modern management means that more managers will take breaks in their career.
"I wouldn't say I've been away from the game, I watched as much football as I can. I've been to watch training from other sides of the world and I've been involved with Uefa a lot, whether it's been watching the Euros or taking the Pro Licence coaches. I've been out but I've been busy.
"This has now got to be a building job. I'm here for four years and I want to bring a level of stability back to the club."
Moyes' reputation took a big hit during his time as Sir Alex Ferguson's hand-picked successor, and at Real Sociedad.
But he pointed out a list of achievements yesterday. "I think I've got the fourth best winning record in the Premier League of all managers," he said, referring to number of victories rather than ratio. "I don't want to lose that record, I want to better it.
"This reminds me of Everton when I took over. Everton had been in the bottom six, four out of the five years before I came in.
"In my last eight years I never finished outside the top eight. Hopefully we can do an Everton."
Moyes remained tight-lipped on transfer rumours, which have included reports linking him with moves for former players Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini - although the latter has been told he has a future at United under Jose Mourinho.
"If any of those good players want to join me I'd be happy to have them," he said. "They're excellent players. We're interested but I'm sure there's a load of other clubs that are as well.
"We're interested in lots of good players. You have to have a realistic view. There'll be some players we can attract just now and some players we can't.
"We'll try and get the ones we can and the ones who want to come here and start on the new journey we're on. We have offers in for people already and we're working hard. I've been really impressed by the new chief executive (Martin Bain)."