After his appointment early in the summer, having two quality signings land on his lap and cutting the ribbon on a brand new training complex, Andre Villas-Boas has set about negotiating his first major task as Tottenham Hotspur's head coach.
How the Portuguese handles Luka Modric's desire to leave the club in the wake of interest from Real Madrid will go a long way to defining how Spurs fans compare him to previous incumbent Harry Redknapp — apart from addressing by means other than through a car window, of course.
With more than a few lingering doubts about his credentials following his ill-fated spell at Chelsea last season, Villas-Boas could do with looking like a man who is on top of the Modric saga.
So how's that all going, Andre?
"We are not so sure where he is at the moment," Villas-Boas said in Los Angeles ahead of the club's pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy. "As far as I know he is back in London."
Modric was indeed back in London after refusing to go on Spurs' American trip instead opting to nip back to his homeland of Croatia. Given the way the British weather has been recently, who wouldn't want to nip off to the Dalmatian coast for a few days rather than go back to work?
As such, the little playmaker has been fined two weeks' wages by Spurs for not exhibiting "common, professional behaviour".
Such action, while fully warranted, surely means it is only a matter of time before Modric leaves the club. Although Villas-Boas stated that it was club chairman Daniel Levy's decision to impose the fine and the level of it, the fact the news was delivered by the coach has made him the one associated with the act.
Villas-Boas has been forthright from the outset about the club's position that they are willing to sell the player if their £40 million valuation is met, but that they will not allow their hand to be forced.
"This type of player revolt is not new but I think that clubs have to protect themselves," Villas-boas added. "There's plenty of time in the market.
"It's the first time unfortunately for Luka that he takes these actions. I think the chairman and myself have been very open by saying we are willing to listen to offers for the player, which is uncommon, I think."
That is all very well, but can Spurs really expect to keep hold of a player who is clearly desperate to leave? Modric's contract at Spurs runs until 2016, which potentially means another three summer instalments of a saga more tedious than the Twilight saga.
Ironically, it was Villas-Boas's Chelsea who last season were the club Modric expressed his desire to leave Spurs for. Now the Blues are not only the European champions, but lifting the Champions League trophy has also denied Spurs a place in next season's competition despite them finishing in the top four.
Such a turn of events is obviously galling for anyone connected with the north London club, but Modric must feel particularly aggrieved as it vindicates on two fronts his desire to move a year ago.
Villas-Boas stressed that he has no problem with Modric on a personal level with some of his characteristic business-speak, saying: "We never doubted his human qualities so we don't know what kind of advice he's receiving."
The Tottenham head coach is a clearly intelligent man, but he can also be belligerent. That approach may work when dealing with a star player who wants to leave his club, and will help him establish some authority in his new job, but soon he will have to find a way of showing he is not just a dry, detached operator but is also able to inject some personality into the way he conducts his business.
But, for now at least, he must continue to show he is the one in charge of the Modric situation. Knowing where the player is at any given moment would be a start, though.
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