Nottingham Forest’s search for a new manager has apparently taken them to Ligue 1

Philippe Montanier has been approached by Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have approached former Rennes and Real Sociedad manager Philippe Montanier about their vacant managerial position, according to France Football.

The Frenchman, 51, was relieved from his duties at Roazhon Park in January after a series of poor performances at home, seeing only two home wins from their opening ten games.

But despite their sluggishness in front of their own supporters, Montanier’s side had only lost four league games by the time of his departure, and they sat sixth in the table, just five points behind Monaco in second.

Montanier is also credited with giving a debut to now Dortmund-bound wonderkid Ousmane Dembele, and his track record with young players will go down well the Forest faithful. 

Montanier has managed Spanish club Real Sociedad and French side Stade Rennais

Montanier’s Rennes side had come out the blocks firing this season, finding themselves in hot pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain after winning four of their first five games, before going on to draw their next four games 1-1.

And it was this slump in form that saw Montanier part ways from the Breton club.

Before joining Rennes in 2013, Montanier had takenReal Sociedad into the Champions League with their first top four finish since 2003, a remarkable achievement for a club who just the season before were looking to ward off the threat of relegation.

Forest’s search for a new manager is ongoing and the East Midlands club have been linked with an endless list potential suitors, including Steve Evans, Michel, Oscar Garcia, Nigel Pearson, Nigel Clough and more recently, Phil Parkinson.

Former Leeds manager Steve Evans has been the bookies favourite for the Forest job

The Championship club’s owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi is also thought to be in discussions with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakos about the possibility of securing further financial investment or a potential takeover.

And the Marinakis link has seen former Olympiakos and Marseille manager Michel linked with the vacancy at the City Ground.

However, it now seems that Montanier is the Reds preferred target.

Montanier is also being pursued by Bordeaux

It is thought the Championship club have offered the French manager the chance to head a project that would take the club back to the Premier League within two years.

Forest however are not the only club thought to be interested in the former Real Sociedad manager, with Girondins de Bordeaux also said to have made contact.

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