How does Montano react to the news that Othello is about to take his place as governor of Cyprus in Othello?
In Act II, scene 1, Montano expresses his approval of Othello becoming governor, calling him "worthy." Later, he will refer to him as brave. Having served under him, Montano respects Othello as a good soldier and a fine commander. When he hears that Othello, who has not yet arrived, might be caught in a storm, he says he hopes Othello will be safe:
Pray heavens he be,For I have served him, and the man commandsLike a full soldier.
In Othello, Act II, scene ii, Montano welcomes Othello as his replacement:
I am glad on't; 'tis [he is] a worthy governor.
He has had good news on this day of his retirement: the Turkish fleet, enemies to the city-state of Venice, is sunk and defeated. The island Cyprus is in the good hands of the Venitian army. He had no doubt been nervous of the threat of an impending invasion from the Turks.
Contrary to Iago, Montano is not jealous of the Moor. He even hangs around and drinks with some of his men. He does take exception to getting stabbed by the drunk Cassio, but other than that, he welcomes his civilian life.