The Frenchman is hoping to succeed in the EFL Cup.
He has been a manager more inclined to fight for European football with the likes of Real Sociedad and Stade Rennais in recent years – not scrapping it out in the second tier.
Montanier though has high hopes for his new team and, is already looking at potentially having an impact in European football.
The Frenchman is quoted by the BBC as having this to say about the EFL Cup, a campaign Forest get under way against Doncaster Rovers this evening:
"It's very important because it is the only way to go into the Europa League.
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"I know it's difficult because there are a lot of teams from the Premier League and Championship. It will be a very important game."
Ambitious, yes, but Forest fans will no doubt love to hear this optimism from their new manager.
Silverware at the City Ground used to be a common affair but times have changed and the club have not won anything since winning the third-tier back in 1998 – a wait of 18 years.
They last won the League Cup back in 1990 and Forest fans would love a good cup run this campaign.
If they can also back that up with good form in the Championship, then Montanier will make himself a hero in the East Midlands.