As job applications go, you have to say this was fairly impressive.
At the start of the afternoon, it can only have been assumed from the tiny microcosms of worthwhile information emanating from The Hawthorns press office that Nigel Pear-son's name was not close to the top of West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace's wish list to replace Bryan Robson as manager.
Pearson was, after all, Robson's trusted No 2, his friend and ally, and has seen for himself at close quarters the difficulties of working for a man of such single-minded power.
But what a difference 90 minutes of football can make  especially one like this, which took Peace, Pearson, his fellow caretaker manager John Carver, Leeds chairman Ken Bates and more than 21,000 other tortured souls through every conceivable emotion. At the end of it all, though, in the continued absence of any public comment from the Albion chairman, you have to bow to the words of one of the stars of the original War and Peace, Napoleon Bonaparte, on the subject of picking football managers.
Boney's primary concern on the battlefields of Europe, rather than the playing fields of the West Midlands, was how to outwit the Duke of Wellington rather than merely how to replace 'Duke' Ellington, but the principle's the same. When examining the credentials of any hopeful general looking to serve under him, he would concentrate on one crucial area of competence... 'Does he have luck on his side?'
In that respect, Pearson would be appear to be brimming with it.
Admittedly, Albion v Leeds United is a fixture that has been loaded in the Baggies' favour in the past.
Just the mere sight of not only Tony 'Bomber' Brown in the press room before the game but Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer, too, was enough to recall that famous 'offside' winning goal for Albion at Elland Road which cost Leeds the title in 1972.
But, fast-forwarding 35 seasons, Pearson must have first sensed that Albion's luck was in when, having won a penalty against the run of play for Paul McShane's clumsy foul on Geoff Horsfield, Leeds squandered it.
David Healy struck the penalty hard, low and to the keeper's right. Sadly for him, it was also to the right of Pascal Zuberbuhler's right-hand post.
Minutes later, Healy's error was compounded when Albion, without red-carded McShane for his part in the penalty incident, went in front.
Jason Koumas, on his first league start at The Hawthorns since the 5-0 defeat by Liverpool 21 months ago, floated over the corner and Martin Albrechtsen materialised to head home at the far post.
Bizarrely, Albrechtsen's only previous goal for Albion had also come on a day when his side were down to ten men. But what really must have made Pearson suspect his luck was in was knowing that the Dane was playing only because of an injury to Steve Watson.
Having gone one up but a man down, Pearson deserves praise for what he did next.
The absence through injury of his two midfield water-carriers, Ronnie Wallwork and Nigel Quashie, meant he already had a four-man midfield of ball-playing types in Koumas, Zoltan Gera and central operators Darren Carter and Jonathan Greening. But Pearson opted to gamble on Diomansy Kamara for the second half rather than the more negative option of an extra midfielder, in place of John Hartson.
Given how poor Hartson had been in the first half, it was hardly a decision that can have taxed Pearson too hard, other than his wondering about Hartson's reaction.
In this instance, it helped that, at 6ft 1in, he carries the same stature as Hartson, still looks as fit as a butcher's dog (in marked contrast to the current Albion No 10) and would have had the backing of the vast majority of the home fans.
Pearson said: "I just wanted to stay positive in possession and get a bit of pace up front."
What he could not possibly have envisaged was the impact Kamara would make.
In 29 appearances for Albion last season, the man from Senegal scored only twice. But, in 45 minutes on Saturday, he doubled his Albion tally.
Admittedly, he simply had to be in the six-yard box for the first one, getting on the end of a superb run and cross from Carter and sliding the ball across the line with what appeared to be one of his more private parts. But the confidence boost it gave him was huge.
A quarter of an hour later, he went on an even more mazy run along the left to set up Kevin Phillips.
After Albion old boy Hors-field and even older Villa old boy Steve Stone had induced mild panic by pulling a couple of goals back, Kamara settled stomachs again when he raced clear to chip the keeper for goal No 4. Enough to prompt the jubilant Albion fans into 'making plans for Nigel'. The big question is 'Does the chairman agree?'