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Montanier looking forward to Clough return

4 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he is looking forward to welcoming Nigel Clough back to The City Ground when Burton Albion visit Trentside on Saturday.

This weekend sees the first competitive meeting between The Reds and The Brewers and Montanier is eager for the season to get going against a familiar face in the away dugout.

He said: "I am looking forward to welcoming Nigel Clough. He and his father played a big part in the history of this club. I want to tell him that I was a big fan of his father's work here and I look forward to seeing him on Saturday.

"I'm not nervous. I'm excited for the game and looking forward to getting the season started at The City Ground. We'll remember the glorious past of Nottingham Forest but now is the time to focus on the present and the future to take us forward. 

"Burton Albion are a team who defend very well and then counter-attack quickly so we must be aware of those threats this weekend. 

"We have no limit on our ambitions for the season. The players must try their best and we'll see where that takes us."

Montanier this week completed the season-long loan signing of Pajtim Kasami from Olympiacos and the Forest head coach is looking forward to seeing his new man in action at The City Ground. 
  
He said: "I wanted to sign Pajtim Kasami for Rennes two seasons ago. He is a quality player who knows English football really well. He plays with a good energy and has some great qualities so we feel he will be a very good signing for us.

"He has had a good pre-season and he is ready to play. Chris Cohen also trained well today and we'll make a decision on him tomorrow. We don't want to risk him if he isn't 100% fit."

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