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Philippe ready for exciting challenge

28 June 2016

New Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he is excited to take on the challenge of managing The Reds in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following his appointment yesterday, Montanier faced the press for the first time this afternoon and told them how proud he was to hold such a prominent role at The City Ground.

He said: "I am truly honoured to be appointed head coach of this great club. The Championship is a tough league but our ambition is strong.

"I have watched Championship games on TV in France and there's a real atmosphere in English football which cannot be matched. 

"To be the first foreign manager of Nottingham Forest is a very proud moment for me. As a young goalkeeper I was a big fan of Peter Shilton so to take over as head coach of his old club is a dream come true.  

"I will be bringing two assistant coaches with me who I have worked with before. I know them very well so that will help. I am looking forward to a bright future with Nottingham Forest. We will work hard to succeed and enjoy it together."  

Montanier met his first-team squad at the Nigel Doughty Academy yesterday and he was quick to state his willingness to run the rule over the club's academy players.  

He said: "I want to promote young players into the first team. Tomorrow, six young players will come and train with us for the first time.  

"We want to bring new players to the club but I also want to assess the players we already have. That is important.  

"Today is not a day to talk about future signings but we hope to confirm a deal tomorrow to bring someone to the club."

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