Clarence Seedorf says he has a "duty" to end AC Milan's suffering this season and rescue them from the lower reaches of Serie A.
The Dutchman, who spent a silverware-laden decade at San Siro as a player, has been all but confirmed as Massimiliano Allegri's successor and is expected to be officially presented in the coming days having arrived in Italy.
While the Rossoneri beat Spezia 3-1 on Wednesday to seal their spot against Udinese in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals, Seedorf stressed his desire to return the club to its former glories.
"At this moment I feel excitement and a sense of duty," he told the Milan Channel. "It's my duty to give 100 percent to rebuild and restore enthusiasm and security, which there should be here.
"[Former teammate] Kaka and I are pleased that in a different way we have the chance to re-do things with the Rossoneri. The idea is to reconstruct the cycle of success. I hope we can because Milan have suffered enough."
Milan caretaker coach Mauro Tassotti also played down the significance of Seedorf's lack of experience as a coach, with the midfielder hanging up his boots at Botafogo to take over the reins at San Siro.
"Clarence only just stopped playing a couple of days ago, so some might say he has no experience as a coach," he said to Rai Sport "Others will point out he has played at the highest level for so long that he knows everything he needs to."
Milan's next clash is at home to high-flying promoted club Hellas Verona, which could see Seedorf unveiled at San Siro if his role is confirmed and secured by Sunday.