Andrea Stramaccioni admits he has seen a 'dream come true' after being handed the managerial reins at Inter Milan on an interim basis.
Following the decision to part with Claudio Ranieri's services, the Serie A outfit have turned to their 36-year-old youth team coach to help steady the ship.
He will only be in charge until a permanent successor is found, but he relishing the opportunity to help the senior squad recover from a dip in form which has seen them pick up just one win in their last 10 league outings.
Stramaccioni, who is Inter's fifth coach in the space of 22 months, said: "It is a beautiful dream come true.
"It has been totally unexpected but a dream that club president (Massimo) Moratti has granted me and I will try to do the best I can."
Rome-born Stramaccioni led the Nerazzurri's youth team to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series in London at the weekend.
"The victory in London with the youth team feels like it happened a long time ago considering yesterday's developments," he said.
"Only football at this level can give you these emotions."
Stramaccioni has no experience coaching in Italy's top flight and knows the challenge he will face to guide a star-studded side.
"It's obviously a different world," he said.
"It's light years away from the youth team.
"If then you consider you are coaching Inter, one of the top clubs in the world, then the difference goes without saying. But it gives me great pride to coach these great players."
Stramaccioni is focusing solely on the present and not on the future.
"I am aware that we have to do well but we have to take it one game at a time," he said.
"My focus since yesterday is in doing well with these players. I want to transmit what I know.
"Right now it's better just to talk about Sunday's game against Genoa and then build from that."