Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier comments on his relationship with Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match

The Frenchman watched Spurs in training earlier this year.

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Nottingham Forest’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing his move to the City Ground this week with the French press.

Speaking to So Foot the Frenchman Philippe Montanier was asked whether he has any mentors or anybody he looks up to in the game.

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He mentioned his relationship with former Montpellier, Lyon and Guinea coach Robert Nouzaret – before also revealing a close bond with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

He spoke of a visit to watch Spurs in training this year, stating:

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match

“I had Robert Nouzaret as a mentor, I was his assistant for four years, so it's true that it was a good reference, I learned my trade with him.

“Then I try to be open to everything that is done by talking, visiting colleagues. There, in March, I was at Tottenham with Mauricio Pochettino of staff that I know well, to see how he trained, how he worked.

“That is interesting for inspiration and sometimes have new views on the game.”

Of course Montanier is likely to know the Argentine from his time working in the Spanish game with Real Sociedad but the fact he has been picking up pointers from the Spurs boss will no doubt please Forest fans.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with Joshua Onomah after the gameTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with Joshua Onomah after the game

Pochettino has quickly become a fan favourite for the style of play he has installed at White Hart Lane – which has also made him popular with neutrals.

He had Southampton playing with a similar swagger and Forest fans will no doubt be hoping that Montanier can have a similar impact on the way the Reds perform in the Championship next season.

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