Nottingham Forest

Montanier has two year plan for Premier League return

New Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has targeted Premier League football within the next two years according to the Nottingham Post.

The 51 year old Frenchman is preparing for his first season in charge at The City Ground and believes that the ultimate aim is for the club to return to English football’s top flight for the first time since the club finished bottom of the Premier League table in the 1998/1999 season.

The last time Forest graced the Premier League, The Reds side included a number of seasoned professionals such as Dave Beasant, Mark Crossley, Des Lyttle, Carlton Palmer and Neil Shipperley and after being made aware of the club’s history, Montanier wants to bring one of the most famous leagues in the world back to the city of Nottingham.

Much has changed in the Premier League during Forest’s 17 year absence. Just half of the current Premier League club’s were participating in the division when The Reds were relegated with just 30 points on the board while 1998/1999 champions Manchester United’s top flight domination has become a thing of the past.

Despite the club’s woes last season, Nottingham Forest’s average home attendance at The City Ground was an impressive 19,676, a total which exceeded Premier League club AFC Bournemouth’s average attendance while being ever so slightly lower than attendances at Watford and Swansea City but Premier League football could provide a significant boost to Forest’s home support.

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