After leaving guaranteed annual title-winning success at Celtic, Neil Lennon surprised more than a few by taking over at Championship basement boys Bolton.
With countless trophies won and ample Champions League experience to boot, many expected to see the cantankerous Northern Irishman installed to a Premier League dugout, so the Trotters must be considering his appointment as something of a coup.
Currently flat on their faces after losing five matches on the spin, it would be something of a turnaround for Lennon to achieve promotion this season, as indicated by the current odds of 80/1 about Bolton going up.
Though with a sizeable squad available to him, a sharp improvement in fortunes is forecast.
But how will the Ulsterman go about exacting it?
If his exploits at Celtic represent a fair yardstick, he’s likely to deploy a variant of the in-vogue 4-3-3 formation.
Predecessor Dougie Freedman adopted a more conventional 4-5-1 when attempting to stymie the opposition, or a 4-4-2 when he was feeling fruity, partnering two out-and-out strikers together from a pool of Joe Mason, Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford.
Their days working in tandem look set to be numbered.
A lack of orthodox wingers in the Trotters ranks could prove problematic, with the likes of Neil Danns and Lee Chung-yung stationed on the flanks before the Freedman reign was terminated.
Neither are natural wide men and given Lennon’s penchant for playing with two, this is likely to be an issue.
Based on the numerous complaints the orange-haired orator made regarding the roughhousing treatment his Celtic players endured on various occasions, Bolton are sure to play silky, flowing football that will win the hearts of second-tier spectators too.
A few attacking acquisitions will be required in order to bring about this transition, but this also likely to prove troublesome for Lennon.
Handling a negligible budget will be nothing new, but his record of recruiting talented forwards is far from enviable.
Gary Hooper was his shrewdest buy in the centre-forward department, though the former Scunthrope man was hardly under the radar.
Lesser successes such as Amido Balde and Mo Bangura cost seven-figure sums apiece, but won’t be remembered in a fond capacity on the Parkhead terraces.