Dean Smith and Neil Warnock will go head to head on the touchline on Saturday when Brentford face Cardiff but, while the two will be going all out to win, the Bees boss is full of respect for his Bluebirds counterpart.
The Brentford head coach was in short trousers and watching Aston Villa from the Holte End when Warnock started his managerial career at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980.
But, while the Bluebirds boss may not be popular amongst opposing fans who prefer to refer to him by an anagram of his name, Smith has a good relationship with Warnock and would love to emulate his lengthy career.
He said: “I have a really good relationship with him and I'm full of respect of what he's done and his achievements.
“Seeing his energy; he doesn't look 69 with the way he's jumping around. He's been successful and you have to respect him.
“If I'm able (to coach) at 69 I'd like to because I see the energy that people like Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger and Neil. I'd like a pint of what they've had.
“I'm fortunate with the clubs I've been involved with there's been stability and continuity and you don't find that a lot around in the football world.”
Brentford are heading into the contest on the back of three straight wins and nine undefeated but Cardiff have yet to taste defeat at home.
Smith believes the Bees will travel with confidence but knows they face a difficult test.
He said: “We will approach the game with confidence. The confidence has always been there.
“There's a great team spirit among them and a great togetherness. Confidence can take a knock when you're not winning games.
“Winning games gave us a great impetus. I spoke to Neil in the week and he was saying how he's having to face us with us in form and I said we're having to go there with you unbeaten at home.
“We're hoping to be the first to win there. We believe in what we're doing. We've got an unbeaten league record and they've got an unbeaten home record so it's 0-0 written all over it.”
He added: “They always give you a tough game. They won 1-0 at Wolves. I watched their games with Derby and Bristol City.
“It's going to be a tough game. They've got a lot of pace. They've got height, strength and power.
“You have to respect what they've done already. We don't fear them and will look to play the football we're capable of.”