Dean Smith admits it will be “something special” to lead Aston Villa out at Wembley.
Smith, renowned as a calm and considered Head Coach, says it will be a proud moment for him.
But he stresses he’ll be fully in “match mode” during the Play-Off Final as he eyes victory over Derby County.
It will be something special leading the Villa out at Wembley. But we have a job to do.
Talking on the BBC WM phone-in, he said: “I try to keep my emotions in check. I have been involved in the professional game for over 30 years and managed over 400 games. You get into a mode.
“I won’t lie it will be something special leading the Villa out at Wembley.
“But we have a job to do. Hopefully we can go and get that job done. I think people might see a few more emotions from me then.”
On the challenge of the Rams, he continued: “It will be a good occasion.
“They are a good team. You saw their performance at Leeds. That will give them a massive boost.
“Our performances have ben top notch. We are looking forward to it.”
Smith is determined to go one further in this Play-Off Final after admitting he watched the Fulham Wembley defeat last time around on his laptop in the USA while on holiday.
He added: “I was in the States when we lost to Fulham. I watched it on my laptop in 11am in the hotel.
“It was always a tough one because Fulham had good momentum. We didn’t perform in the first half. We knocked at the door and didn’t quite get there.
“But this is a different Aston Villa team. Look at our front three. El Ghazi is 24, Green is 20, Abraham is 22. We have freshness, youth and energy.”