The manager in question is Harry Redknapp, who brings his Portsmouth side to the Lane today and Jermain is looking forward to catching up with the man who awarded him his Premiership breakthrough during his time in charge of West Ham.
"It is a strange one!" pondered Jermain. "Harry is the one that gave me my chance at West Ham and it will be good to see him.
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"Getting a chance is what you need as a youngster and Harry is one of those managers who feels if you are good enough you are old enough."
There is another incentive - if he needed any - to get off the goalscoring mark against Pompey. Putting one past another former Hammers colleague - Shaka Hislop.
"I would love to," laughed the striker. "Shaks is my mate and if I can do that I will be delighted.
"The game will be interesting for me because the pace of the game is obviously different to Division One. With some good training hopefully I will be ready."
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Jermain Defoe admits it is something of a coincidence that his first game for Spurs comes against a side managed by his former boss.