He also said being turned down by the club's original target was a blow, but he remained immensley upbeat about the clubs future.
"It is not as if we are a rudderless ship. That is far from the truth," Joyce told the Evening Post.
"We are aware of the need to appoint a chairman, but it is far from being a crisis.
"We are actually managing quite well and there are no problems behind the scenes.
"There are important issues that need addressing, not least player contracts.
"But we are on the case and such things will be addressed very early in the new year."
Joyce added that he expects the club to appoint a new Chairman, and Chief Executive, soon.
"The person we were in discussions said he would have been happy with it," added Joyce. "But he felt he couldn't spare the time or commitment that the role required.
"We have already begun early discussions with another prominent Nottingham figure, and are hopeful he will accept.
"He is in the public eye, but we don't want to say too much as we only made the approach very, very recently.
"All will become clear in the near future and hopefully we will be able to have something positive to announce soon.
"We are also continuing discussions with our target for chief executive.
"There are things moving on every day, in many different aspects at the club," he said.
"The fact that we have not appointed a chairman or chief executive does not mean that things are not getting done."