Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the media for the first time as Bayern Munich boss this week, and has said he cannot wait to get started.
Meanwhile in England in just seven days time David Moyes tenure as Manchester United boss will officially begin.
Sir Alex Ferguson sounded out his fellow Scotsman upon deciding to retire, although quite how and when he did this is a matter Moyes may elaborate on in his first press conference.
If it was any later than January 16 then the option of Pep Guardiola to fill his shoes simply would not have been on the table.
Ferguson quite wisely played his cards close to his chest, for the last time he revealed publicly he planned to leave in 2002 he saw his United side trail off, lose their spark and finish trophyless. It was a decision which United fans look back on mercifully that he reversed.
Heading into the new season, there is much uncertainty around Old Trafford, with both Chelsea and Manchester City hiring new bosses with illustrious CVs, while David Moyes has barely introduced himself to the Champions League.
While United's team of reigning champions ensures they are a sure bet to be in the trophy hunt, Moyes is United's x-factor, but it remains to be seen whether he will help them push on or his lack of experience at the very top level will be a hindrance.
It is of course impossible to assess Moyes at this stage, who has yet to seal any major transfer market moves, and it will be easier to get a feel for how his United side will shape up when he has done so.
But while 2013/14 promises to be an intriguing season and the Scotsman has every chance of continuing his predecessor's incredible work, a look across to Germany may just have United fans wondering.
If Ferguson and United had begun courting Guardiola well in advance could they have persuaded him to snub Bayern for United? A manager who has beaten Fergie in two Champions League finals out of two he is a mananger the United legend holds in high regard.
The Moyes era is almost upon us, but imagine if the Guardiola years were about to begin at Old Trafford. How much more confident would United fans feel about next season if that were the case?
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