The last time I took over in a caretaker capacity my first game was against Coventry City, who we also face in the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening at Highfield Road. Football is full of ironies.
I have a terrific respect for Gary McAllister, who was a player I inherited at Leicester City and he did tremendously well for me.
I've got masses of time for him. Sadly I had to lose him when he went off to Leeds and revolutionised their style of play along with Gordon Strachan - who was manager against us last Saturday.
The two of them changed the image of the club and helped them win a Championship.
I haven't seen too much of Coventry so far in this campaign, I saw them last season and have a good idea of the way they play. I'm sure they'll be waiting with anticipation for us so we know we've got a task on our hand.
You don't know how a game is going to go until the ball rolls and a pattern develops. All we can do is be as prepared as we can be, hope that the ball runs for us and we do well.
We're a Premiership side and we've got to meet the standards that Tottenham have set in the past.