Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan is sure he can keep his emotions in check when he faces the Sydney FC, the club he led to A-League glory more than a decade ago.
Thousands of supporters chanted Rudan's name after his final A-League appearance for Sydney FC.
Those memories may yet bubble to the surface nearly 11 years ago to the day at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.
But the Phoenix boss reckons he can keep them in check when he tackles his old club.
The 43-year-old's name will be forever linked with Sydney FC, having been captain when they clinched the inaugural A-League crown in 2005-06.
A forceful centre back and vocal leader, Rudan was the rock around which a championship group was built, earning the nickname of the Big Blue Man.
There was quality everywhere, including the class of attacking midfielder Steve Corica, now coach of the Sky Blues.
The pair were among Sydney FC's initial Hall of Fame intake but Rudan says history isn't affecting him as builds methodically towards conjuring what would be a sizeable upset.
"As a coach, you prepare exactly the same, although I don't know how I'll feel when I walk out, I had three really good years there," he said.
"I built some really good relationships with the fans and obviously the coaching staff. But it's business as usual.
"For me, it's about my team and making sure that we're best prepared to get a result."
Rudan says he is in deep with the ninth-placed Phoenix and sentimentality won't affect him.
His passion for the traditional strugglers shone through with his scathing attack on officialdom following last week's 1-1 home draw with leaders Perth Glory.
The comments drew attention away from what was the best performance this season from the Kiwi outfit, leaving Rudan confident they can rattle the third-placed hosts.
"No fear. I told them about playing in the same sort of manner and I want players with courage who want to play and who want the ball. We'll take it to Sydney FC," Rudan said.
"I don't think anyone's backing us to get a result there but that's good for us."
Rudan says this year's Sydney FC package looks as strong as the one that has dominated the past two A-League seasons under the departed Graham Arnold.
Video analysis hasn't been a taxing process, for Rudan, who has admired the quality of his former team from afar.
"They've played the same sort of style as the last few years anyway, (Corica) has just carried on what Arnie started over there."