The nadir to which Inter Milan slumped to last season has been well-documented.
The facts were ominously bleak for Nerazzurri fans: a ninth-place finish, 57 goals conceded, with the number of games won being tantamount to games lost (16). This all conspired to an eventual chasm of a colossal 33 points behind champions Juventus, and 18 points adrift of despised rivals AC Milan.
Inconceivable to think that just a mere three years before this implosion, Inter Milan had reigned over Europe as Champions League winners.
With this fall from grace in mind, it is little surprise that the services of rookie coach Andrea Stramaccioni were not retained. Massimo Moratti, Inter Milan president, disposed of a man who, at the tail end of the previous season, had shown signs of being another Andre Villas-Boas or Jurgen Klopp: young, dynamic, ambitious and intelligent.
Too often last season, though, his team was stymied by a lack of tactical imagination, hamstrung by the lack of real quality in the side, too dependent on the ageing players in the squad. Football being ferociously fickle, however, the buck was always going to stop with Stramaccioni.
And so in a move which had all the hallmarks of a long-established contingency plan, Moratti pulled of a coup by installing Walter Mazzarri as manager on the same day Stramaccioni's exit was confirmed. Seamless.
Having been at the helm for four months now, Mazzarri has had ample time to begin moulding the club to his own vision. Let's now take a look at six of his best masterstrokes as Inter boss.
In no particular order, these have primarily been deduced by comparing Mazzarri's reign with that of Stramaccioni's.
What are your thoughts? How would you rate Mazzarri's opening few months as Inter Milan boss? Will they be able to challenge for the Scudetto this season? Or is European qualification a more realisitic aim? Let me know either in the comments section below or via Twitter: @LeRowley