Colin Todd takes charge of Derby County in the Premiership for the first time since he was installed as manager last Monday. And the former Middlesbrough and Bolton boss needs to get off to a winning start to help the Rams climb out of the relegation zone.
Without a league win since the opening day, Derby chairman Lionel Pickering decided to install Todd and offered Jim Smith a role as Director of Football but the 'Bald Eagle' declined the Rams' offer and decided to leave the club.
Fortunately for the players there should not be much of a transitional period, as Todd first arrived at Pride Park last year as assistant manger. And he was given a lot of credit for reviving the team's fortunes that saw them avoid relegation with a memorable win at Old Trafford last May.
Todd tightened up the defence and they kept 13 clean sheets after his arrival, a fine return when you consider that Mart Poom had not managed a single shut-out in the opening 11 matches.
But the Rams face a tricky encounter in front of the Sky cameras on Monday evening and a trip to White Hart Lane, where they have not won a league game for 12 years. A Spurs team whose tally of 11 goals in the Premiership has only been bettered by Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton will test Todd's defensive unit.
Glenn Hoddle's team play a cute brand of football with a noticeable style of rapid, short passes but a lack of pace throughout the team often means that they don't always harm the opposition in the way they should.
Their 33% shooting accuracy is the lowest in the Premiership and 15 percentage points inferior to the Rams' ratio. Nevertheless they do posses in Teddy Sheringham one of the top 10 strikers in the latest Opta Index. The veteran striker has been in scintillating form this season, prising open the tightest defences with an astute through ball or deft flick on in addition to netting three times in recent games.
And it may be worth placing a few quid on Sheringham breaching the Rams' rearguard with an 4/1 flutter with spursbet.co.uk on the England striker netting the first goal of the game.
If there's not an early goal in this contest, then it could be a laborious game for the Spurs patrons inside White Hart Lane and the viewers on television, but as long as Derby pick up some valuable points on their travels you won't hear much grumbling come from the supporters situated in the away enclosure.