Massive support for Malky Mackay prompted a universe-wide next Crystal Palace manager book-closure from the odds gurus and it now seems certain that the former Cardiff City boss will be installed to the Selhurst Park dugout.
Replacing recently-fled Tony Pulis represents a sizeable task for the Scot and his departure has driven the Croydon club’s relegation price down into a third-shortest 19/10.
Punters are clearly of the opinion that the man who single-handedly ensured the baseball cap never went out of fashion at any point in the past five years is the only force capable of keeping Palace afloat in the top flight.
The new, Mackay-headed regime are sure to deviate from the foundations of rigorous discipline Pulis laid last term, so what can the Eagles faithful expect from their new boss?
In his brief top-tier tenure at Cardiff, the former Watford man deployed a 4-5-1 most frequently, as opposed to the 4-4-2 that his predecessor favours.
When the situation called for adventurousness, attack-minded individuals would occupy the wide positions, with the likes of Peter Odemwingie, Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham providing support to line-leader Frazier Campbell.
However, such aggressive formations were used sparingly, with Mackay’s perceived over-eagerness to drop deeper seeing central-midfielders by trade such as Aaron Gunnarsson taking up residence on the wing.
This cautiousness induced plenty of disdain from the terraces, yet safety-first tactics will be nothing new to the legions of devoted Eagles.
But whether he can pull them off with the same effectiveness as Crystal Pulis is questionable.
When Vincent Tan ordered Mackay to clear out his desk after the Welsh club’s 3-0 reverse at the hands of Southampton on Boxing Day, Cardiff may have been outside of the drop zone, but they’d shipped 28 goals.
Only three basement bedfellows were as porous, which definitely doesn’t bode well for those who fell in love with the fantastically frugal rearguard Pulis fashioned at Selhurst last season.