After much speculation, Clarence Seedorf has just in the past few minutes been officially declared as the new AC Milan manager. His appointment follows the sacking of long time Milan manager Massimilliano Allegri.
Seedorf's appointment to the San Siro is bound to bring delight to the Milanese faithful. Seedorf is regarded as a legend at Milan and this is due to the footballing talents he displayed during his tenure there.
After a tepid run of form at rivals Inter Milan, he made the switch to AC Milan in 2002 and he never looked back. In his first season he immediately made Inter regret their decision as he spurred Milan on to win the Champions League and Coppa Italia. His performances were recognised with a place in UEFA's team of the year.
After spectacular implosions against Deportivo La Coruna and Liverpool, as well as a Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona, Seedorf had to wait until 2007 to get his next glut of trophies.
He also played an integral part behind Milan becoming world champions - his contributions were only superseded by Kaka as Seedorf was awarded the silver ball (second best player in tournament).
As a player Seedorf was at the forefront of a glorious era for Milan, an era routinely seen as one of the club's greatest alongside Arrigo Saachi's dutch inspired team and Fabio Capello's unbeaten men.
However, as a manager, Seedorf is untested and it will take every sinew of his to restore Milan to its former greatness. The current Milan side is seen as one of its worst and it is easy to see why, they are currently 30 points behind great rivals Juventus who are first and Milan are 20 behind Napoli who hold the last Champions League spot in third.
With Champions League out of the question for next season (unless Milan do the improbable and win the Champions League), Milan are facing an almighty quest to even play in Europe. They are 10 points behind local rivals Inter who are in fifth.
In Kaka, Seedorf has a trusted companion and proven winner, but elsewhere, Milan are a team full of overpaid stars whose light dimmed sometime ago.
With each passing day Mario Balotelli comes ever closer to not fulfilling his massive potential; unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Mexes and Robinho - it has been neigh on five years since anyone expected world class showings from them and they simply live off their reputations now.
Elsewhere, Milan either have youngsters wanting to make a name for themselves such as De Sciglio and Bryan Crisante (who scored on his first start for Milan), or mid-tier players like Montolivo and Muntari who have no business being regular starters for a club the size of Milan.
Seedorf's first job in football could not be any harder, he has been thrown into the lion's den and will without much money he will need all the help and time he can get. Luckily, being a legend should grant him more than enough time to correct the ship. As for who he might buy; Seedorf was a success everywhere he went as a player: Ajax, Real Madrid and Botofogo, that means he has established connections in high places. Do not be surprised if he persuades whoever is in charge of transfers at Milan to unearth the next big things in Holland, Spain and Brazil. Also, having won the amount of trophies he has won - record holder for amount of Champions League titles won (4), Seedorf is a name players everywhere want to play for.
With rumours Hernan Crespo and Jaap Stam are set to follow Seedorf as assistants, one thing we can be assured of is the old generation of managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Jupp Heynckes are coming towards their end, and the new crop are taking over.