Birmingham City will today unveil Alex McLeish as the man to lead them to Premier League safety.
The former Scotland manager, who yesterday resigned his post with the Scottish Football Association, is expected to sign a three-and-a-half year deal and will be presented as Steve Bruce's successor at a media conference this morning.
But he won't be working with his one-time Aberdeen team-mate Eric Black who walked out of St Andrew's yesterday to join Bruce at Wigan Athletic as assistant manager.
McLeish's appointment is excellent news for Birmingham who have endured a nightmare fortnight with the loss of Bruce and virtually his entire backroom team and the problems they have had trying to get Carson Yeung to offer assurances over his buy-out.
It also goes down as an excellent piece of business. While they will have to pay about £1 million in compensation for a man who had more than two years to run on his deal, they received three times that figure for Bruce and have secured the services of a highly-regarded manager.
McLeish, who returned from the 2010 World Cup draw in South Africa only yesterday morning, led Scotland to within one match of the Euro 2008 finals and during his ten months with the national team masterminded the historic victory in France.
His previous role had been with Rangers where he broke the hegemony of Martin O'Neill's Celtic and won two Scottish League titles and five other trophies during his five years at Ibrox.
But he arrives with Birmingham in a difficult position and in desperate form having lost seven of their last eight matches. After a promising start they stand only one point above the relegation zone and face a testing match at Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.
The uncertainty over Yeung's takeover, the primary reason for Bruce leaving after six years in charge, also hangs over McLeish although the situation could be set for a resolution as early as Friday.
The Hong Kong businessman has only 48 hours to meet a deadline set by the Blues board to prove he has the requisite £35 million to complete his purchase.
He has also been urged by his own British stockbrokers, Seymour Pierce, to demonstrate he is able to find the money.
Otherwise Birmingham move forward with the big name that manager co-owner David Sullivan promised at the outset of his quest for a replacement.
While Luiz Felipe Scolari and Marcello Lippi were always optimistic targets, a man of McLeish's repute is as good a capture as a team in Birmingham's troubled position could have expected.
Certainly the SFA were reluctant to lose him after initially rejecting Birmingham's request to speak to their manager.
But after invoking a get-out clause in his contract with the SFA, Blues quickly moved to agree terms - much to the disappointment of SFA chief executive Gordon Smith.
"He has been a terrific manager for Scotland and a great asset to the association," Smith said. "He's also been working in other aspects within the SFA, and he's a big loss.
"It's one of those things. It's market forces these days, and the Premier League is where lots of guys want to be."