"If I'm being completely honest there are few surprises really with the manager," said Cole.
"He is just as motivated as he was as a player. He has transformed into a manager that I would have expected him to from the days I knew him as a player. I knew what to expect.
"It's very thorough and very professional. It's a mini Man United really. Everything is done the right way and that's what people who knew him as a player would expect."
"It was a priority of mine to stay in the Premier League if I'm brutally honest," Cole told The Journal. "I want to get 200 Premier League goals. That is a big personal goal of mine and coming to a place like this, playing with youth and experience, is going to help. That persuaded me.
"I left Portsmouth and I was out of work - or not playing - for three weeks. I had a few options, but I wanted to stay in the Premier League because I honestly believe I can still score goals in the Premier League.
"I wanted to crack on with something and I was getting itchy feet. I wanted to play and it wasn't easy.
"I don't expect to walk into the first team anywhere. I am getting fit, but the only way you can get there is to play at the highest level. I am as fit as I can be."