It can be awkward, even embarrassing when the student becomes the master in any walk of life, but Kevin Nugent is well aware of the threat posed by former player Darren Way and his Yeovil side tonight.
Barnet are in dire need of a win to shake off a run of five winless games, dating back to interim head coach Rossi Eames' tenure, especially if they have any hopes of bridging a 10-point gap to the League 2 play-offs.
Visiting manager Way played under Nugent when he was assistant manager at Swansea and has since built a side in his own image, and one which could move within a point of the Bees with victory at The Hive.
Having worked so closely with his former pupil in the past, the Barnet boss is well aware of what to expect from the Glovers on the back of their 3-1 win at Morecambe on Saturday.
"I expect a really tough game from Yeovil," he said. "I know Darren well and coached him when I was at Swansea.
"He was such a hard-working player back then, and I know his players respect him.
"It's going to be tough, and they have just had a big win away at Morecambe, so they will be looking to put one over on us too.
"If we win, it's a special occasion, and it's another game we are really looking forward to. It is an opportunity to build a platform and we are confident."