Tottenham have today announced the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager, with the Portuguese signing a three-year contract to succeed Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas' absence from the Premier League lasted only four months following his dismissal by Chelsea in March, with Daniel Levy choosing to forgive the failings of the 34-year-old during his stint in west London.
The former Porto manager has long been the favourite to replace Redknapp and was finally confirmed as the replacement for the 65-year-old following a period of protracted negotiations.
Although Villas-Boas was the leading candidate, Spurs chairman Levy also considered Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Laurent Blanc, latterly of France, for the role, which initially prompted the former to consider his options.
But after being assured he was the first-choice of Levy, Villas-Boas agreed to take the reins in north London, and will immediately set about building a side in his own image.
"I have had several discussions with the Chairman and the Board and I share their vision for the future progress of the Club," Villas-Boas told the official Tottenham website.
"This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."
Although Villas-Boas arrives at White Hart Lane with Gareth Bale committed to Spurs until 2016, the Portuguese is likely to have to make do without the services of Luka Modric.
The Croatian midfielder - a target for Villas-Boas during his time as Chelsea manager - has been linked with Manchester United, but is seemingly set to move to Real Madrid.