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.
Whilst the Rossoneri beat Spezia 3-1 on Wednesday to seal their spot against Udinese in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, Seedorf stressed his desire to return the club to their 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 per cent to rebuild and restore enthusiasm and security, which there should be here.
"[Former team-mate] 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.
He told Rai Sport: "Clarence only just stopped playing a couple of days ago, so some might say he has no experience as a coach.
"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.