Tsutomu Takahata has been reinstated as Frontale's manager following the departure of Takashi Sekizuka.
Takahata first took the helm in the early stages of the 2008 season after Sekizuka was forced to step down due to illness. He led the team to a second-place finish in a league campaign that went right down to the wire. However, he was happy to resume his subordinate coaching role when Sekizuka returned for the 2009 season.
The transition should be pretty seamless. And while there may be concerns about Takahata's relative lack of managerial experience, there is a lot to be hopeful about judging by his performance in 2008.
However, the most important thing is that this decision has been made quickly so that the club can move on with preparations for 2010.