Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has admitted that the Championship has exceeded his expectations during the opening weeks of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Frenchman was appointed as the Reds’ new boss following Martin O’Neill’s departure earlier this summer and has made a bright start to life in England.
Although he was unable to inspire Forest to victory in his first game in charge against West Bromwich Albion, Lamouchi has since led his side on an seven match unbeaten run in all competitions.
As well securing an impressive draw at Leeds United, the Reds managed to illustrate some real signs of promise during recent victories over Fulham and Derby County.
Lamouchi, who had never worked in England before taking over at the City Ground, has lauded the atmosphere that the Championship possesses.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the 47-year-old said: “I’m more excited now [than when he joined Forest].
“Before, I was very positive, but now it is different because I am inside it [the Championship], so I can appreciate the nice atmosphere.
“We have been lucky with the big crowds.
“The atmosphere in England and in the Championship is very, very positive for the players.
Lamouchi later added: “You have to adapt to the football, to the country, to the culture and traditions and the players you have to work with.
“You need to adapt all the time.”
Lamouchi will be looking to inspire his Forest side to a positive result on Saturday when they face Swansea City.
A victory for the Reds could see them move into the top-six in the second-tier depending on results elsewhere.
Having already made a real impression at Forest, Lamouchi will now be determined to push on in the second-tier over the coming months.
With the likes of Albert Adomah and Joe Lolley thriving under the guidance of the Reds boss, it would not be at all surprising if the club emerge as contenders for promotion providing that they maintain their recent form.
Considering that Forest last played in the Premier League in 20 years ago, Lamouchi could become a modern-day hero at the City Ground if he can lead the club back to the big time next May.