Could Montanier appointment see fan favourite return to Nottingham Forest?

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The Tricky Trees finally have a new man in place.

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At long last, there is a new manager in place at Nottingham Forest.

The appointment of Frenchman Philippe Montanier has come just in the nick of time, with the Reds' returning for pre-season training on Monday.

On paper, they have themselves a good 'un - the 51-year-old's CV featuring promotion to his country's top flight with Boulogne, and Champions League qualification with Basque outfit Real Sociedad.

But there's another element of Montanier's past which is likely to bring hope to the hearts of Forest fans - he also signed Nelson Oliveira for Rennes.

REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)Oliveira scored eight goals for Montanier's Rennes side

Striker Oliveira impressed on loan at the City Ground last season, scoring nine goals in 29 appearances for a side who were by no means prolific, having registered a similar tally (eight in 30) at Roazhon Park.

Injury frustratingly curtailed the Portuguese's Forest career before he could hit double figures and, with the identity of the Reds' new manager uncertain, their hopes of re-signing him seemed slim upon his return to Benfica at the end of the campaign.

However, Montanier's arrival could change that, especially with Oliveira reportedly up for sale (O Jogo).

Nottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot

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