Ange Postecoglou expects Mauricio Pochettino to receive a respectful reception when he returns to Tottenham in the Premier League on Monday.
Chelsea manager Pochettino will be facing his former club for the first time since his 2019 exit.
He transformed Spurs into title contenders and reached a Champions League final during his five-and-a-half year reign.
Spurs boss Postecoglou, whose side have a two-point lead at the summit, said: ‘I doubt there will be anything but respect for Mauricio from anyone at this football club, supporters or people associated, but it doesn’t mean he will get a guard of honour on Monday night because we want to win.
‘I don’t think he would expect that, but his tenure here and impact here is undeniable, and it will stand the test of time.
‘Whenever people think of Mauricio and his time here as manager, they will only look upon it with respect and fondness.
‘He almost took the club to the ultimate summit of the Champions League, got close to the league, so his work is unquestioned.
‘Everyone I speak to around here, there are still people who worked with him, they can’t speak highly enough of him as a person and as a manager.’
Chelsea have had an indifferent start to the campaign but Postecoglou added: ‘You look at Mauricio’s track record and I’ve no doubt he’ll get Chelsea on the right path.’