"I experienced the kind of battle we are going to have this season with Levante," he told the Birmingham Mail. "Because the players were enthusiastic as a team, and they got on well, we got some decent results and it is the same here."
He also said: "I knew exactly what I was coming into. I've watched English football on television and I spoke a lot to Eric (Black) when Birmingham made their proposition to me.
"There are three or four other people here who speak French so that helped me as well."