Nigel Clough has high praise for Nottingham Forest squad

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough

The Burton Albion manager is excited to take on his former club.

Burton Albion manager Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager Nigel Clough

Burton Albion face Nottingham Forest in their first ever game in the second tier of English football this weekend, in what will be an emotional visit for Burton boss Nigel Clough.

Clough is of course the son of legendary Forest manager Brian Clough and also spent 11 years with the club as a player, including returning on a loan spell in 1996-97.

The statue of Brian CloughThe statue of Brian Clough

Clough heads to the City Ground ready to face a Forest team under new management with Frenchman Philippe Montanier in charge.

Speaking to Burton Mail this week Clough had this to say about the strength of Forest for the upcoming season and how he is pleased they are facing Montanier’s side now and not later in the season:

"We know they've got a very good squad on paper carried over from last season with a good-sized wage bill with quality players.

Burton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough steps off the team bus after arriving at the StadiumBurton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough steps off the team bus after arriving at the Stadium

"That hasn't changed. How much of a mark (Montanier) has been able to put upon the team in his short time there, we don't know. It could be an advantage in that they might not be settled yet in the way he wants them to play but the downside of that is that you can't see the pattern of play they are going to develop.

"If you play them in a few months' time then everybody will be a bit more about them, so I'd say they're a bit of an unknown quantity at this moment in time."

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe MontanierNottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

Forest will be full of hope after a summer in which they have managed to keep hold of their star players such as Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga.

With their transfer embargo now lifted Forest also made moves in the market for the likes of Apostolos Vellios, Damien Perquis and Pajtim Kasami.

Burton Albion will be hoping that they can spring an upset however this weekend.

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