Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Watson has told Sky Sports that boss Sabri Lamouchi got his ideas over to the players very quickly during the summer.
The French boss replaced Martin O’Neill at the start of July and his appointment raised some eyebrows considering his lack of experience in English football.
Supporters needn’t have worried, however, with Forest currently second in the Championship, level on points with West Bromwich Albion at the top.
Watson, 34, has enjoyed a new lease of life under the Reds boss and he has heaped praise on his manager.
He told Sky Sports: “From the outside, there was a new manager, new players and some tough fixtures to start with. The gaffer has come in early on during pre-season, hit the ground running and got his ideas across straight away.”
Lamouchi is adhering himself to the supporters with a passionate but professional style of management and he hasn’t been afraid to make big calls.
Watson lifted the lid on what the manager was like in the dressing room and on the training ground.
He continued: “He’s an intense character and he’s a winner. He has his own ideas but he’s also open to the boys in the dressing room having their opinion on the Championship.
“He’s never worked in England and he’s always willing to learn about the game. It’s early days in his tenure but he’s extremely open-minded and as the season goes on I think we’ll get even stronger.”
Watson has scored winning goals in recent home games against Barnsley and Brentford – his first goals for three-and-a-half years.
This time last season it looked as though Watson was finished at Forest. He wasn’t even getting on the bench under Aitor Karanka but fast forward 12 months and he’s one of Lamouchi’s most important players.
He returns to Wigan on Sunday where he spent six happy years and scored the most important goal in the club’s history in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.