Unless something unexpectedly catastrophic happens – and where Tottenham Hotspur are concerned, you can never rule that out – it looks as though Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino will be swapping the south coast for north London to become the latest manager through the ever-revolving door at White Hart Lane.
With Daniel Levy closing in on his tenth managerial appointment since 2001, it is widely regarded as something of a coup for the Spurs chairman to lure Pochettino from the Saints, where the Argentine has excelled since taking over from Nigel Adkins in January 2013.
The 42 year-old was a controversial appointment, but having steered Southampton to safety upon his arrival, the former Paris Saint-Germain defender lifted the club to an eighth place finish in his first full season.
The appointment is expected imminently, with Malkay Mackay the 5/1 favourite to take over at St Mary’s, but while Pochettino clearly has potential, is he really the man to succeed where so many others have failed under Levy?
It remains to be seen how Pochettino deals with heightened expectations.
The Argentine has performed well at Southampton and before that at Espanyol, even if he did leave Periquitos bottom of the La Liga table when he left by mutual consent in October 2012, but his task at Tottenham couldn’t differ more greatly.
The pressure and scrutiny will increase significantly at the Lilywhites, where Pochettino will be expected to challenge for, and eventually finish in, the Champions League places, knowing that his job will be on the line should he fail to deliver.
That is a new experience for Pochettino, who has never managed under such expectancy, and how he copes remains to be seen.
There is a lack of silverware and European experience on the 42 year-old’s CV.
If we discount Tim Sherwood for a moment, the majority of Levy’s appointments had proven themselves to be winners and able to manage elite players.
Andre Villas-Boas, Harry Redknapp, Juande Ramos, Martin Jol, Jacques Santini and George Graham had all won at least one major trophy and were used to dealing with big-name players at the highest level.
Pochettino has no silverware to his name and has managed very few elite-level players, instead coaxing improvement out of talented, promising youngsters and moulding teams to finish in mid-table.
He has never qualified for European competition and must learn how to get the best out of players with big wage packets and even bigger egos.
Could there be trouble ahead between manager and board?
Levy has had issues with most of his managers down the years, and it is not too much of a stretch to imagine him clashing with his new incumbent at some point.
Despite his refusal to speak to the press in English – something which a club of Tottenham’s stature cannot tolerate – Pochettino made more than one threat to quit Southampton and was reportedly unhappy when the club told him they were powerless to stop their best players leaving for bigger clubs this summer.
With that in mind, perhaps Spurs, who have sold Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale over recent seasons, might not be the ideal place for the Argentine.
Add in the Franco Baldini situation and there could well be more choppy waters ahead between dug-out and boardroom at the Lane.