Antonio Conte confirmed on Tuesday that he will leave his role as Italian head coach following the conclusion of their Euro 2016 campaign.
The Azzurri manager is itching for a return to club management after growing tired of the international setup.
Roman Abramovich is set to give him that chance by naming him Chelsea’s fifth Italian manager of the Premier League era following Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.
The west London club have gone from champions to mid table mediocrity in less than 12 months, which ultimately resulted in the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
With the former Juventus player and manager now almost assured of a place in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season, what will he now have on his to-do list?
We’ve taken a look at the pressing issues at Stamford Bridge as Guus Hiddink prepares to hand over the reins.
The John Terry saga
Whether he has a say in the matter seems unlikely and it looks as if the decision on John Terry's future will have been taken before he arrives at Stamford Bridge.
Nevertheless, that will leave Conte a centre-half light before the season's start and in need of a replacement.
The Blues spent much of last summer trying to entice Everton defender John Stones to London but could face competition for his signature with several potential suitors circling around the young Englishman.
Conte's previous relationships could also point to a potential return for former centre half Leonardo Bonucci but Juventus have been quick to dismiss that as a possibility.
With Terry's departure looking more and more likely as the weeks develop Conte will not only be left with a hole in defence but also a hole in the dressing room.
Terry has captained the side since 2003 but the Italian will have to find someone else fitting of the armband.
He has options in the current ranks with the likes of Gary Cahill or vice skipper Branislav Ivanovic able to do the job.
But Conte might feel he needs a new voice to bark out his commands on the field and make recruiting a new general his top priority.
Promoting academy starlets
An accusation often levelled at Chelsea is their reluctance to put faith in their thriving youth system.
They have won the FA youth cup for the last two years with starlets Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Isaiah Brown and Jeremie Boga among their ranks.
Loftus-Cheek was the only player who has received any kind of first team attention under Mourinho and Bertrand Traore has since been given a chance by Hiddink.
Much of the remainder of Chelsea’s promising youth pool has been shifted out on loan to gain first-team experience.
Conte will be charged with the task of blooding the younger players into his team of stars, supplementing the experienced heads in the dressing room.
Stamford Bridge politics
Conte will undoubtedly be entering one of the most political and cluttered hierarchies in football at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich is not a man who is accustomed with the term patience and the Italian shouldn't expect an ounce of it.
Between him and the Russian lies the owner’s trusted aide Marina Granovskaia, fellow confidante Eugene Tenenbaum and chairman Bruce Buck.
Not to mention, transfer guru Michael Emenalo, who has come under fire from the club’s supporters for the signings of Papy Djilobodji and Alexandre Pato.
Towards the end of his Juventus tenure it was no secret that relations with sporting director Giuseppe Marotta and president Andrea Agnelli were particularly strained.
He should anticipate similar scenario's with his new employers and Chelsea will hope he is better equipped to cope after his previous experience.
Revitalising the squad
Chelsea have not become a bad team overnight but something is clearly not clicking the way it was a year ago.
The players appear reinvigorated under Hiddink but some are still a million miles from where they need to be.
The continued below-par performances of established stars like Eden Hazard remain a cause for concern.
Conte will inevitably have an idea of possible recruits and history suggests he has got it right so far after signing midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Arutro Vidal during his time in Turin.
The departure of Hazard and possibly Diego Costa may be seen as a positive for Conte; it is a chance to rid of demotivated and controversial players and bring in funds to purchase Chelsea's next set of superstars.