Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will return to former club Tottenham expecting no favours from old friend Tim Sherwood.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan spent three years at White Hart Lane as a player and had a spell there as a coach too before launching his managerial career.
He played in the same Spurs side as current manager Tim Sherwood, a man he hopes is given the chance to make his mark on the team amid speculation that a replacement is already being lined up.
However, he knows will receive no sympathy from his one-time team-mate as he looks for the victory he so desperately needs to give the Black Cats renewed hope that they can out of Premier League relegation trouble.
Poyet said: "No chance. From Tim Sherwood? No, no, no, no favours."
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the situation surrounding Ji Dong-won "wasn't easy" for the club.
The Black Cats have been fined by the Football Association for playing the South Korean earlier in the season without international clearance. The club said in a statement the issue was a result of a "technical fault".
The 22-year-old is now with German side FC Augsburg and is joining Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Sunderland have released the following statement:
“The issue of Ji Dong-won was explained in detail at today’s Premier League shareholders' meeting and no issues were raised by any club.
“Sunderland AFC confirmed that they had complied with all procedures and the Premier League stated that the player was duly registered on the extranet system and in all other Premier League mechanisms.
“The club has never accepted any wrongdoing, but did acknowledge that a technical fault occurred and as such were fined by the Premier League accordingly in December.
“The matter is now closed.”
Steve Bruce believes his former club Sunderland could be "in serious trouble" after it emerged the club were fined for fielding striker Ji Dong-won in four Premier League games for which he was technically ineligible.
Sunderland were fined a six-figure sum after they made the Premier League aware that they did not have international clearance for the Korean player.
Sunderland AFC have dismissed reports that the club is in turmoil and denied claims striker Ji Dong-Won was ineligible to play in Premier League matches at the start of this season.
They say Ji Dong-Won was registered with the Premier League and so was not ineligible.
This evening the club has confirmed to ITV Tyne Tees:
"There was a minor administrative issue regarding the registration of the player.
"The club was fined by the Premier League and the matter was dealt with at the time."
Ji Dong-Won featured in four Premier League games - Sunderland earned one point from the four matches, in a 1-1 draw away at Southampton.
He also featured in a Capital One cup match against MK Dons - Sunderland went on to reach the final of that competition at Wembley.
Sunderland AFC's Premier League survival hopes suffered another blow when they lost at home to West Ham. The opening goal was scored by former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. West Ham doubled their lead in the second half when Mohamed Diami's shot deflected in.
Adam Johnson gave Sunderland fans some hope when he reduced the arrears. But it was too little too late.
'Ha'way the Lads'
This sign has appeared on the Wearmouth Bridge ahead of Sunderland AFC's trip to Wembley.
Sunderland will face a trip to either Hull City or Brighton & Hove Albion in the sixth round proper of the FA Cup with Budweiser.
The game could take place on either Saturday 8 (tea-time KO), Sunday 9 (1:30pm KO) or Monday 10 March (evening KO).
Season card holders have until 5pm on February 25 to apply online for tickets, or in person at the Stadium of Light.
As SAFC’s opponents are yet to be confirmed, supporters are asked to apply for either or both games.
A general sale of tickets will start from 9am on March 4.
Sunderland fans are being warned that staff at Wembley Stadium will be cracking down on the use of pyrotechnics at the Capital One Cup final on March 2.
Pyrotechnics and smoke bombs are 'strictly prohibited' in and around Wembley and police say they will arrest anyone found with them.
“We want everyone to enjoy the Capital One Cup final and I would urge fans to heed the advice from Wembley. There is no place for pyrotechnics in football and Wembley will take the strongest action possible to ensure the safety of all supporters.”
Pyrotechnic detecting dogs will be on duty and all supporters, including minors (under 12), will be searched.
Sunderland host Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Manager Gus Poyet said a draw or replay in match would be a real problem as the fixtures stack up.