Last Updated: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:05
Chris Hughton is looking forward to trying to outfox his mentor when his Norwich side take on Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Hughton spent three years as Martin Jol's assistant at Tottenham and admits learning from the current Fulham boss was a vital part of his managerial education.
The game has extra spice after Fulham beat Norwich 5-0 at Craven Cottage in the opening game of the season - and because the clubs are level on 28 points and desperate not to get sucked into the relegation scramble.
Hughton is a big admirer of the way Fulham have established themselves in the Premier League and sees them as a template for what he is trying to do at Carrow Road.
The City boss said: "Martin is a very good coach and manager and it was no surprise that after leaving Tottenham he went to Hamburg and Ajax. He is someone I have a lot of time for.
"In my time at Tottenham I probably worked closer with him than any of the other managers. We got on very well.
"I certainly learned from him, the way he sets up his teams and what he wants from them, the relationships he has with players. I learned an enormous amount from him.
"Fulham are a very well established Premier League team now. They have had to do it on a certain budget, very similar to ourselves. they have been able to develop year in and year out and as a club we can aspire to that too.
"Knowing Martin he won't be satisfied, He will want and expect them to finish higher than they are. They have a lot of good offensive options which allows them to be in most games."
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