The arrival of Sabri Lamouchi as Nottingham Forest boss over the summer raised a few eyebrows.
We needn’t have worried.
A few months on and it is now glasses being raised in the Frenchman’s direction.
Lamouchi is the toast of Trentside.
Well, on the south side of the river anyway!
Forest are still waiting on an injection of Gallic flair, but there has been plenty of pride and passion.
And those qualities are most welcome given what has gone before him.
A saviour has been sought for longer than many care to remember.
There have been false dawns, most notably in the form of a diminutive Scot named Davies.
Even club legends have been returned to spiritual homes in an effort to light the fuse.
All have come and gone without top-flight football being delivered.
Lamouchi is raising expectation levels again, with Forest currently sat joint-top of the Championship table.
He is not getting carried away, but has been hitting the targets laid out over the summer with unerring accuracy.
When he first took the reins, few knew what to expect.
The departure of Martin O’Neill was digested for a matter of minutes before a new leader was at the helm.
During his first official interview, which aired on the club’s YouTube channel, Lamouchi set out his plans.
On taking a high-profile post, he said: “A big challenge, but I am a competitor, a new manager and with this club I want to do something. When people trust in you, you must give back a lot. That’s what I want to do, to give back a lot.”
No complaints on that score so far.
Lamouchi is on the verge of doing ‘something’ – something very special.
He went on to say: “It’s a big honour for me, a big challenge also. Big club with a lot of expectation. Big fan base, big history, so we must do our job to try and give our best from the beginning. The beginning will be really important.
“I’m so proud to be in this family. This club is really important in England so we will try to work in the right way, in a good atmosphere and try to get this family of fans behind us.”
We’re right there with you Sabri!
We hoped things would play out like this, but most of us have been around long enough to know that dreaming big is a risky business.
Another snippet from Lamouchi saw him say: “I hope after one month, six months, maybe more, I will be positive like this.”
The first month went pretty well.
So did the second, with a third shaping up nicely.
By the time Forest hit the six-month mark, the hectic festive period and New Year will be in the rear-view mirror.
If a standing similar to the current one is being enjoyed at that point, then Lamouchi will be edging his way towards legend status.
What is love?