On the five occasions that David Moyes has taken his seat in the away dugout since leaving Goodison Park, Everton will have felt increasingly less like the club he once knew.
For a start, Moyes had faced four different managers, and a host of different players in that time, as well as many false dawns and seen the chaotic nature of change.
He too has been on a journey of redemption that has brought him back to West Ham United.
If Everton under Rafa Benitez are starting to look and feel a little like the old Everton, then Moyes has certainly rediscovered his former self with the Hammers.
And tomorrow afternoon, the 58-year-old might recognise more of the old Blues when he walks across the pitch, from the Park End, into the technical area.
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Until Benitez, club insiders talked of how an Everton boss hadn't held that same level of forensic approach to the job since Moyes walked the corridors at Finch Farm and the manner in which the team are currently playing, with a togetherness and work ethic, has arguably not been in vogue since the Scot was at the helm.
But, perhaps, the biggest comparison and the clearest aspect of this version of the Blues, that will stand out to Moyes, are the new players.
Particularly, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.
And of all the compliments paid to the pair, and Benitez, since they arrived in the summer, maybe the biggest one is that they were astute, bargain buys, low (or no) fee but big impact, of which Moyes built the foundations of his Everton era on.
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How many of us remarked: 'Moyes type signings them'?
The Blues have spent good money on some good players since he left - make no mistake - but, painfully, we all know they have squandered an awful lot more and so to see the club, albeit forced into a corner because of financial fair play regulations, get serious bang for their buck, will have taken many Evertonians back to a different time.
Moyes made mistakes in the transfer window, as all bosses do, but the list of value for money signings reads like a who's who of some of the club's finest players of the Premier League era.
Each one of you will have a favourite Moyes buy. Royal Blue's? Tim Cahill. Yours?
Back to a time, pre-Moshiri, when every penny mattered, when there was a clear and defined recruitment strategy with just a couple of opinions that carried weight, not a handful.
When Everton were, for the most part, underdogs and proudly went about their business with a kind of siege mentality.
It suited Moyes, it suited the Blues at the time and it seems to suit Benitez too.
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For the first time in years, Everton had little money to spend in the transfer market and off the back of a 10th placed finish, expectations from the outside were low and the spotlight was elsewhere.
Goodison, though, has roared since full houses returned and Everton are starting to claw back that air of defiance since the beginning of the season.
The type Moyes will recognise. The type he will be cautious and wary of tomorrow afternoon. Even without Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, he will know that the Blues will be incredibly difficult to beat.
But then, that's how it was at Goodison when he was in charge.