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Al-Hasawi appoints Montanier as Forest head coach

By Peter Westwood

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Philippe Montanier as the club’s new manager.

The former Rennes and Real Sociedad manager arrives at The City Ground on a two-year deal following a playing career which saw him make over 300 appearances for clubs including Toulouse, Nantes and Saint Etienne.

Montanier’s appointment ends Forest owner’s Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s three-month search for a successor to Dougie Freedman, after a run of six defeats in eight matches saw the Scotsman shown the exit.

The new Forest boss has no prior experience of English football and is now tasked with stabilising a club that has swept through 11 managers (including caretaker coaches) in seven-and-a-half years.

The 51-year-old does however held some pedigree within the French and Spanish leagues, guiding Boulogne to Ligue 1 for the first time in their history in 2009 and leading Real Sociedad to an impressive fourth-placed finish in La Liga in 2013.

Upon making the announcement, Forest owner Al-Hasawi added no comment which is sure to be linked to the imminent investment of Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis in the Reds.

Marinakis has agreed to buy 80% of Forest’s shares, subject to EFL approval, and has already demonstrated an influence in the club’s transfer policy with striker Apostolos Vellios set to join the club.

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