Philippe Montanier says he admired Forest hero Peter Shilton as a child

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The Frenchman took over at the Nottingham Forest this week, but he is well aware of the club's impressive history.

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New Nottingham Forest manager Philippe has revealed to the Forest website that he was a big fan of England icon Peter Shilton fan as a child, as he discussed his knowledge of the Championship club. 

"To be the first foreign manager of Nottingham Forest is a very proud moment for me," Montanier is quoted as telling nottinghamforest.co.uk after being announced as the club's new boss earlier this week. "As a young goalkeeper I was a big fan of Peter Shilton so to take over as head coach of his old club is a dream come true."

"I have watched Championship games on TV in France and there's a real atmosphere in English football which cannot be matched."

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66-year-old Shilton was one of the top goalkeepers in the world during his time as a player, so it's no surprise that any football supporter of a certain age would be well aware of his exploits, wherever they resided.

The Frenchman was a goalkeeper himself as a player, making the majority of his appearances across two spells at Caen and also at Toulouse, before retiring in 2000.

It is an understatement to say he never reached the heights of England and Forest legend Shilton, who remains his country's most capped played of all time.

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Shilton played across four decades in English football, making an astonishing 1249 club appearances to go alongside his 128 senior caps and 13 Under-23 caps.

He was a mainstay at several top flight clubs over his cacareer, but it is his five years at Forest that brought him the most success, winning the First Division in 1978, when he was also voted PFA Player of the Season, and then successive European Cups in the two years after.

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