You could have excused Chris Hughton asking for a few quiet meetings with Jacques Santini in the last week or so.
Chris travels to France in his role as the Republic of Ireland's assistant manager for a key World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Our Head Coach Jacques is, of course, the former French manager and arrived at Spurs straight after leading France's Euro 2004 campaign.
"Any information will be very helpful but the team is different from when Jacques was there, four or five players have retired," said Chris.
"Anyway, I'm most of what I can get or anything Jacques will tell me will generally be in the papers."
Ireland go to France in good heart after a bright start to their campaign and four points from two games - a win against Cyprus and draw in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, France haven't been convincing so far with a draw at home with Israel and an unimpressive win against the Faroe Islands.
"It's a strong group," said Chris. "France, Switzerland, ourselves and Israel have had two good results including a draw in France.
"We were all aware that Israel would be tough and that makes the group harder.
"If there are three teams in the group looking at qualification, you would hope that one would take points off everyone else, but this is a closer group. There aren't that many 'easy' wins these days.
"We've seen on tape the French game against the Faroe Islands and it wasn't easy for France. Even though they won the game, they had Vieira sent off and it was tough for them."