Philippe Montanier's response when asked if he thinks Nottingham Forest job is a backward step

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The Frenchman is clearly happy to be in charge at Forest.

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Nottingham Forest’s new manager Philippe Montanier has today been speaking about his move to the City Ground.

The Frenchman has arrived after a spell at Stade Rennais, which came after a stint at Real Sociedad.

He was asked by So Foot today whether he therefore felt becoming the manager of a second-tier side in England was a backward step.

This was his response:

“Yes, but you know in this business, it works much the feeling and the projects in which we believe.

“I was assistant to Robert Nouzaret in Bastia, in Toulouse and with the national team of Côte d'Ivoire and yet I chose to leave the pro world that I attended for 20 years to go to the amateur world with Boulogne.

“Even then, it surprised a lot of my relatives. But it was a project that I felt good with and that's why I say that works much based on feelings and people we encountered, more than as a career path that would be predetermined.”

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Montanier clearly feels that taking this step, to experience football in England, is one that he needed to take in his career after his time at Rennes came to a rather sour end.

It does also sound like he likes the project on offer at the City Ground and believes he can take the team up a level.

His reputation from his time in France and Spain does however suggest that Forest can expect some good things in the future under the first foreign manager in the club’s history.

Of course it will be a difficult task for him to adapt to the rigours of Championship football – but Forest fans will hope he adapts quickly and can take them back to the Premier League next season.

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