Paul Roos and John Longmire have little interest in the master and his pupil aspect of Saturday night’s AFL clash at the MCG.
Instead the two highly-respected head coaches are simply intent on banking four much-needed premiership points for their respective clubs, Melbourne and Sydney.
Roos has been kitted out in Demons colours for almost eight months, but this will be the first time he is actively plotting the downfall of his former club.
The same club he helped to end a 72-year premiership drought in 2005, the same club that commemorated his achievements with a bronze statue outside the SCG.
“I reflect back to when I was a player at Fitzroy (and moved to the Swans), then played against Fitzroy,” Roos said.
“It was probably more nerve-racking as a player, you’re on the field and you can hear and see the fans.
“But as a coach it’s completely different.”
Roos’ former assistant coach Longmire agrees, saying there will be nothing strange about being in the other coaches’ box from the man he learned his trade under.
“He was a terrific mentor and a great friend. He’s been fantastic to this footy club,” Longmire said.
“I’m sure he’ll be doing everything possible to beat us. I’ve got other friends at other clubs, and that’s what happens.
“We know that any team coached by Roosy will be competitive and that’s certainly what Melbourne has shown.”
Perennial finals force Sydney trumped Fremantle last Saturday, but it was only their second victory of the season and they sit in 13th spot on the ladder.
Lance Franklin will be relieved for his kicking and leading to be back under the microscope instead of his driving skills following his midweek car crash, while dual Brownlow Medal winner Adam Goodes returns for his first game in 10 months.
“No one works harder than Adam Goodes in terms of conditioning,” Longmire said.
“His fitness, while not match fit, is pretty good.”
Mark Jamar and Shannon Byrnes were recalled by Melbourne, with midfielder Christian Salem to make his AFL debut.
“I haven’t played too many night games. I’ve only played about two, so it’ll be pretty interesting,” Salem told the club’s website.
“I’ll be pretty nervous.”