But the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach has been given a daunting task at the outset of his reign, with Arsenal kicking off the 2018-19 season at home to Pep Guardiola's champions on the weekend beginning August 11 before then travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea a week later.
And with the new Premier League fixture list - which you can see in full here - also showing Arsenal heading to Chelsea on matchday two, the former PSG boss clearly has his work cut out if he is to hit the ground running.
Dates for all 380 matches will be revealed, with the league campaign running from 11 August to 19 May.
BT Sport will be showing 42 exclusively live Premier League fixtures in the 2018/19 season for the last time before that figure then rises to 52 for the 2019/20 campaign.
Championship-winners Wolves begin their return to the Premier League at home to Everton before matches away to Leicester and West Ham bookend the visit of Manchester City to Molineux. All of them have experience of playing in the Champions League.
Their second home game - not until the weekend of September 15 - sees Liverpool visit the as yet unnamed 62,000 arena on the site of the old White Hart Lane. That includes trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
"For example, Portugal in the Euros had far from the best squad but they did it".