Bath head coach Mike Ford knows Friday's opponents Newcastle better than anyone after working with the club in 2011-2012.
Ford was part of the Newcastle coaching staff when they were relegated from the Premiership in 2012, working under current Bath director of rugby Gary Gold.
With the Falcons now back in the Aviva Premiership at the first attempt and guided by Dean Richards, Ford is impressed by the coaching staff that Newcastle have assembled.
Despite enjoying his time at Kingston Park however, Ford admits there will be no sympathy for his old side when Bath travel up for the opening game of the new season on Friday.
"Dean is very smart and recruits really well. I think that's his strength as well as gelling a team together. It'll be a good test for us," said Ford to the Bath Chronicle.
"We had lunch with their team when we played Newcastle in France in pre-season and my old mucker from England John Wells was there, as was Graham Steadman, who I played with at Castleford.
"They've got really good people in charge there now, so I am under no illusions what we are going to get from them.
"There's some great friends up there and although it was only brief you get to know the support staff really well, and a lot of them are still there.
"When it comes to the game on Friday night, though, there's only one way I want it to go. My loyalties are here with Bath 100 per cent - there's no sentiment for Newcastle."