Gigi Del Neri has admitted he can't contain his excitement after leaving Sampdoria to become the new manager of Juventus.
Del Neri is set to be unveiled as Bianconeri boss this week following a fantastic season with Sampdoria, in which he guided the Genoa outfit to fourth place in Serie A and Champions League football next season.
But European football is something that Del Neri will not be enjoying in 2010-11 , as Juventus finished seventh in the league, ending a dreadful season by missing out on Europa League football by four points, with Napoli pipping them to the post.
Nonetheless, Del Neri will be expected to build a team capable of challenging for next season's Scudetto and he admitted he is under no illusions as to the expectations at the club.
"In effect I feel a great enthusiasm," Del Neri told Tuttosport. ''Juve represent a point of departure or even one of arrival. At a club like Juve you are forced to carry great objectives. I will have to be demanding with the players, the club and myself.
"It's always the club that makes a Coach great, not the opposite. I have to take in the news. We [at Sampdoria] have been so focused on the Champions League that I have not had time to think about it. I am sincere. It's been much more difficult to take over a team that has won everything. Here there is the need to rebuild a mentality.
"There aren't any doubts on the fact that the components of the squad know how to play football. I think it's necessary to work on the attitude."
Del Neri's biggest challenge will be keeping hold of Juventus' biggest names, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon likely to be top of the list of stars he needs to convince to stay in Turin.
"I hope so [that Buffon will stay]," Del Neri said. "I will speak to him. Gigi is Italy's goalkeeper. It wouldn't be easy to replace him.
"He is someone who can give a lot on the pitch and in the dressing for the ambition and the hunger for victories that accompanies him. Buffon and Del Piero represent a lot as you can imagine.''
And Del Neri's task looks to be easier than first thought, after Buffon's agent Silvano Martina said on Tuesday: "I don't know what else to say with regards to Buffon as it seems that he is the only Juventus player who should leave.
"Considering the ongoing reports, I want to remind everyone that Buffon is under contract with Juve and that next season he will play at Juve.
"When he was asked hypothetically where he would want to play if he left Juve, he always said his first choice would be England, but there is nothing else.
"He never said he would leave. (Luigi) Del Neri is an intelligent coach and knows he can count on Buffon."