Mick McCarthy will breeze into Molineux today as the new manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers - and the first item on his agenda will be to decide the future of one of the two in-house candidates he beat to the job.
Caretaker manager Stuart Gray has already departed, having taken charge for the last time for Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw at Swansea City.
But captain Paul Ince was the fans' favourite, despite not his lack of previous management experience and coaching qualifications. And, although the former England midfielder can hardly feel too warmly about Wolves right now, it is McCarthy's potentially painful task to decide whether Ince still has a future as a Wolves player.
"There has been a contract on the table for Paul as a player now for about three weeks," said chief executive Jez Moxey. "But he wanted to wait and see how the outcome of our managerial search went before he gave us any commitment.
"We're certain he will carry on getting his coaching qualifications and will prove a successful manager one day and he wants to get into that as soon as possible. But, as far as his future here as a player is concerned, that decision now rests with Mick McCarthy.
"Just as has been the case with every football decision we've made here over the six years I've been here, we have football professionals that we pay to make decisions like this and we try our best to support them whenever we can."
It was a week ago today when Moxey met McCarthy in London to discuss his arrival at Molineux, a deal subsequently closed over the phone after the former Republic of Ireland manager had returned to his family holiday in Portugal. And, having been somewhat taken aback by the timing of Glenn Hoddle's resignation on July 1, Wolves can feel fairly pleased with themselves at finding such a high-profile replacement, without having to pay any compensation, inside three weeks. "That was essential with the season only two weeks away," said Moxey.
But, although speed was of the essence in McCarthy's appointment on a one-year rolling contract, Moxey has also stressed that there is no call this time for quick results.
Hoddle was not helped last season by knowing that Moxey - along with all Wolves fans - expected a place in the Championship play-offs as the "minimum requirement". But Wolves will be trying not to make the same mistake of over-expectation with the much-respected McCarthy, at least not publicly.
"We might have made pronouncements like that in the past," said Moxey. "But not this time.
"Mick's signed a 12-month rolling contract, which we see being the start of a long relationship and an opportunity to build. We know we need to strengthen, and you could argue that we need to bring in five or six players, which we want to do before the end of the August transfer window.
"Mick did one of the best jobs in football in recent times when he took Sunderland to the play-offs in his first season, only for them to lose to Crystal Palace on penalties.
"He then took them up as champions the following season and did it on a low budget too, by signing players from lower leagues, who other managers have overlooked and getting the best out of them.
"We're hoping that, with bit of fortune, he might be able to do the same here.
"It was well known that the squad he tried to work with at Sunderland wasn't good enough when they went up last season.
"We know ourselves, from bitter experience, that when you get promoted, the facts of the life are that you are either incredibly lucky and stay up or you have to invest a huge amount of money and Sunderland didn't do that."
Wolves owner and president Sir Jack Hayward has described as "fantasy" fresh suggestions the club are in takeover talks with Milan Mandaric.
Wanderers benefactor Sir Jack has been bankrolling the Black Country club since May 1990 when he bought Wolves for £2.1 million.
Sir Jack has since handed over the chairman's responsibilities to son Rick and promised to relinquish control of the club to anyone prepared to invest £40 million.
Mandaric has agreed to hand over ownership of Portsmouth to Sacha Gaydamak, although he may remain as non-executive chairman.
Sir Jack said: "Milan Mandaric is a very nice fellow and I like him a lot.
"I don't know what his situation is, but I heard he sold his holding at Portsmouth having successfully redeveloped Fratton Park and he might stay on as a non-executive chairman.
"But as for him taking over here at Wolves, it's a fantasy."