Grant is slowly imposing his own personality and tactical style on the dressing room and, although some players with close emotional bonds to Jose Mourinho have found it hard to accept, Cole is among those relishing the idea of playing with more freedom.
"Avram's very similar to Sven in his man-management style," said the 25-year-old. "I played under Sven for a long time. It took me a while to convince him that I could play, but for the last two years of his reign I played more or less all the time.
"I like Sven. He's a great manager and a top bloke who gets an unfair time. You can see what a good job he's doing at Man City.
"I really enjoyed working with him and now I'm just trying to listen and learn from the things the new manager and coach are bringing into the team.
"We're all trying to get on a new system. It's just a different style. We are going for more expansive play and I'm just trying different positions further up the pitch."