On Friday morning one of the worst kept secrets in football was finally confirmed, with Antonio Conte making his return to management. The Italian has been linked with a number of clubs since leaving Chelsea last year, but Inter Milan is the one he's opted for and it looks like he has a big job on his hands.
The Nerazzurri haven't finished higher than fourth position since the 2010/11 campaign when they were runners-up behind Juventus, with the Turin outfit dominating during the current era. Juventus have won Serie A in each of the last 8 seasons and Conte has the unenviable task of trying to topple them at the summit of the division, which has to be up there with the toughest challenges in the game.
But in Conte they've appointed someone who is a winner and it's a big statement of intent in convincing him to move to the San Siro. He has 8 major honours in his 10 years of management which includes 3 Serie A titles from his time with Juventus and of course the 2016/17 Premier League, so he's a proven winner.
But with Inter in something of a lull in terms of challenging for the title, there's a lot of work that needs to be done so it's time for him to really earn his money. Big changes are expected this summer with the future of top scorer Mauro Icardi a real hot topic. Clubs will be queuing up for his signature so it's essential that they get his replacement right and if reports are true, then it looks like Romelu Lukaku could well be that man.
Conte is a known admirer of the bustling Belgian and with him struggling to make an impact at Manchester United since making his £75m move from Everton, he could be available for transfer. The Red Devils will be looking to re-coup most the cash they shelled out on him so he certainly won't be cheap, but a change of scenery could be just what he needs to re-ignite his club career which has gone slightly stale over the last couple of seasons.