After spending the 14/15 season as the assistant coach of Andrea Stramaccioni over at Udinese, Dejan Stankovic has returned home to Inter Milan. He spent 10 seasons wearing the colors of the Nerazzurri and in that time he played 326 competitive matches, scored 42 goals, and helped the team win 15 trophies.
Stankovic's role will be that of First Team Club Manager, which means he will "work in close contact with the club's management team assisting in relations with first-team players on and off the pitch". In other words, he will be the one smoothing things over between Inter management and the players to make sure that everybody is on the same page in terms of the team's goals and expectations.
Deki (as he was commonly referred to during his playing days) showed great joy at coming back to Inter, saying on the official site: "I am thrilled and excited because I've always said these colors will remain on my skin forever. I cried the day I realized I wouldn't be pulling on the Nerazzurri shirt anymore. I'm back here now, with a sense of pride and determination, to do my best for the club".
It's nice to see Stankovic back at the club. Inter has always had a soft spot for its former greats, and this is a good way to keep him around. Hopefully he can help restore the hunger and drive that it seems like some of the players have been lacking. Plus maybe he can also stop Guarin from terrorizing birds with his distance shots (or is that too much to ask for?).