Former Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills has launched a scathing attack on former Reds boss Philippe Montainer, during an interview with The Second Tier Podcast.

The central defender checked in at the City Ground in 2015, signing for his former Bolton boss Dougie Freedman at a time when Forest had a transfer embargo.

Mills played 42 games during his maiden Championship campaign at the City Ground but Freedman was dismissed in March.

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The defender was often given the armband but he believes the following season which started under Montanier was a complete disaster.

He told The Second Tier Podcast: “It was just really bad. Pre-season was terrible, the lads were begging to do more running which is just unheard of.

“We had no game plan and it’s difficult when you are just thrown out on to a football pitch and nobody has an idea what you’re doing. It was a really difficult time.

“It was difficult to see where a win was going to come from. We stayed up on the last day that year. I did love my time at Forest, it’s an amazing club with great fans.”

In total Mills made 87 appearances for Forest, eventually leaving in 2018 to join Barnsley on a free transfer.

The defender captained the Reds plenty of times but did prove something of a Marmite player in the eyes of supporters.


Mills arrived as a proven Championship defender but struggled for consistency during a difficult time for the football club.

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His departure wasn’t met by too much drama from supporters and in truth by the end of his time at the club he wasn’t considered a first choice in the team.

Forest have moved on from Mills and following his City Ground departure, he played for Barnsley, FC Pune City in India and retired after a spell with Forest Green last season.

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