New Melbourne Victory coach Jim Magilton admits he spent much of his professional career in England trying to avoid confronting Kevin Muscat.
Now he looks forward to working alongside the former hard man after assuming the reins of the side for the remainder of the A-League season.
While the pair played against each other many times in England, where Magilton spent time at Southampton, Oxford, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday, the pair had not met until the Northern Irishman's appointment as Victory coach on Saturday.
Muscat will remain an assistant under Magilton, as will his offsider Steve Mautone.
Magilton took his first official Victory training session on Sunday morning - albeit a low-key recovery session after the side's 2-1 home win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
He will get down to serious business on Monday as the Victory prepare for his first match at the helm - a home clash with John Kosmina's resurgent Adelaide United on Friday night.
Muscat, who guided the win over the Jets as Magilton watched from the stand, is convinced the Victory have the cattle to turn around what has been an underwhelming season.
Previous coach Mehmet Durakovic's sacking on Friday followed three successive losses and just three wins from their previous 14 matches.
"(Magilton) seems to be very professional. As soon as he got off the plane, he wanted certain things ready for him - he's hit the ground running," Muscat said.
"He'll see there is a good football squad here. It's just a matter of getting that consistency from week to week and winning actual games."
Muscat said he had spoken to Durakovic since his sacking, but wouldn't divulge what was said or how his former South Melbourne and Socceroos team-mate felt about what had transpired.
"My last thoughts before the game were with Mehm and so were my thoughts at the final whistle," Muscat said.
"It's been a difficult time ... but the football club's got to move on. That certainly was evident against Newcastle."
Striker Danny Allsopp said the quick turnaround from Wednesday night's loss to Central Coast to their next game had forced the players to quickly turn their attention to on-field performance rather than brood about Durakovic's sacking.
"We didn't have time to dwell on it really because we went to training yesterday after the last match on Wednesday," Allsopp said.
"Obviously, everybody's disappointed with how things have gone and it's not a good thing when anyone loses their job.
"We knew we had to put out a good performance and try to get a good result for the club."