As AC Milan attempts to put an horrendous first half of 2013-14 behind it, the club finally has something to look forward to after the appointment of Clarence Seedorf as coach.
The Dutchman has been brought in ahead of schedule following the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri after the embarrassing 4-3 loss at Sassuolo, which left the Rossoneri hitting the midway point in Serie A with just five wins to their name.
The club hopes that the 37-year-old ex-Milan player will serve with a sense of loyalty and devotion, with a strong winning mentality, and with faith that he can re-establish the club as the Italian superpower it once was.
Goal takes a look at 10 players who have returned to their former clubs in a coaching capacity over the years, to assess just how much of an advantage it can be to bring back an individual who starred on the pitch and place him in the dugout ...
|CARLO ANCELOTTI |
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|Returned to: Milan |
Playing career: 1987-1992
Management career: 2001-2009
Part of a unique band of men to win the Champions League as a player and manager, Ancelotti has enjoyed a career in soccer that has been littered with success. Winning a combined total of 17 honors between spells on the field and on the sidelines with Milan, Ancelotti lifted the coveted European Cup on two occasions as a midfielder before raising "Big Ears" twice more at the helm of the Rossoneri.
|FABIO CAPELLO |
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|Returned to: Milan, Roma, Juventus |
Playing career: '76-'80, '67-'70, '70-'76 respectively
Management career: '91-'96/'97-'98, '99-'04, '04-'06
During his first return to Milan, Capello guided the "Invincibles" to the Champions League in his third season in charge. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, the boss developed a fine knack for winning the Italian league, picking up at least one Serie A title at every one of his former teams – although both Scudetti won at Juventus were revoked following the Calciopoli scandal.
|ANTONIO CONTE |
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|Returned to: Juventus |
Playing career: 1991-2004
Management career: 2011-
For 13 years, he was the midfield dynamo, captain and all-round heart of a Juventus side that got used to winning just about everything in sight. Yet when Antonio Conte returned as coach in 2011 the club was still searching to return to those glory days following the nadir that was Calciopoli. In the two and a half years that have followed, the ex-Siena boss has delivered two Scudetti and two Super Cups and already has his side on the verge of a third straight crown for the first time in 79 years.
|KENNY DALGLISH |
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|Returned to: Celtic, Liverpool |
Playing career: 1969-1977, 1977-1990 respectively
Management career: 1999-2000, 1985-1991/2011-2012
Dalglish only managed to win the Scottish League Cup in his time as Celtic boss, but the Scot's real legacy is written in red ink, not green. A Liverpool legend, the 62-year-old won three league titles and two FA Cups during his first spell in charge, before returning again to steer the Reds back to winning ways, picking up a League Cup win before making way for Brendan Rodgers.
|DIDIER DESCHAMPS |
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|Returned to: Olympique de Marseille, Juventus |
Playing career: '89-'90/'91-'94, '94-'99 respectively
Management career: 2009-2012, 2006-2007
After four years at Monaco, Deschamps moved to Juventus, which had been relegated following Calciopoli. In his first and only year in charge of the Italian club, the Frenchman led it back to Serie A before moving to another former side in the form of Marseille. At the Stade Velodrome, the 45-year-old earned three Coupe de la Ligues and the Ligue 1 title before taking up the national coach role vacated by Laurent Blanc.
|RUDI GARCIA |
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|Returned to: Lille |
Playing career: 1982-1988
Management career: 2008-2013
Garcia won't be remembered at Lille for his time spent on the pitch, but more for his career on the sidelines. The boss' work ethic saw him lead Dijon to promotion into Ligue 2 before catching his big break with a move to his former side, whom he led to a sensational domestic double in 2011.
|PEP GUARDIOLA |
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|Returned to: Barcelona |
Playing career: 1990-2001
Management career: 2008-2012
Not much can be said about the former Barcelona boss that is not already widely known. A glittering 11-year career as a midfield pivot with the Catalan side saw him earn a hefty haul of silverware, before eventually becoming the boss of the team that cultivated his talents. Considered one of the best coaches in the world, Pep's list of honors speaks for itself.
|JURGEN KLINSMANN |
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|Returned to: Bayern Munich |
Playing career: 1995-1997
Management career: 2008-2009
A German striker with an impressive goal return is almost guaranteed to ply his trade for Bayern at some point, but the story of Klinsmann's return to Bavaria as a coach proved to be disastrous. Die Roten's decision to appoint the former Tottenham and Inter hitman brought with it his zany attempts to revolutionize the club – which included leaving Buddha figurines around the training ground. Klinsmann survived for less than a year before being shown the door.
|BERND SCHUSTER |
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|Returned to: Koln |
Playing career: 1978-1980
Management career: 1998-1999
Brought to Koln after the club's first relegation, Schuster's men finished the 2. Bundesliga season in 10th place, missing promotion. The coach was so disappointed with his team that during the campaign he refused to enter the dressing room with the players at halftime. Such was his defiance: He would gladly stand in the rain instead of mingle with his men. A dark time for a club already reeling from demotion.
|FATIH TERIM |
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|Returned to: Galatasaray |
Playing career: 1974-1985
Management career: 1996-2000/2002-2004/2011-2013
Despite being regarded as one of the most influential Turkish players of all time, Terim's spell as a player at Galatasaray was largely unfruitful in terms of silverware, as the Istanbul side failed to win the league during his period on the pitch. However, upon his return as a coach, Cim Bom would win six domestic titles as well as two Turkish Super Cups and the UEFA Cup over three different spells.