So London Wasps finally got 'exactly the right man' for the job, having announced Dai Young as their new director of rugby.
In the club statement, Wasps also made the point that they believe Young can make them the best team in both England and Europe once again.
There is no doubt Wasps have been in decline and that an experienced coach was needed to stop the rot. But before we get carried away with Young's appointment, Oval Talk will perform a comparison test between Wasps and their new director.
Wasps have won the Premiership on no fewer than four occasions in the last 10 years, and in the same period they have also picked up two Heineken Cup trophies. Young, on the other hand, has won two trophies at former club Cardiff Blues.
He led them to their finest hour in 2010 when they won the Amlin Cup by beating Toulon in the final. They also clinched that most minor of trophies, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, when they ripped Gloucester apart in 2009.
But the Blues have never been a dominant side in the Celtic League. Young led them to two second-place finishes, which for some teams would be considered success but for the likes of Wasps is anything but. And the Blues also fell short in the Heineken Cup, with their best showing coming in 2009 when they lost to Leicester Tigers in a semi-final penalty shoot-out.
Many have argued that Cardiff's limited success was due to the tight budget Young had to work with from Blues chairman Martin Thomas. But that argument does not pass muster when under close inspection, for a team who can bring in foreign imports such as Ben Blair and Xavier Rush are hardly short of a few pennies. And if former Wales international Young thought Thomas was strict then he did not move to Wasps because of their bank balance: his new chairman Steve Hayes has already made it clear the club's wage bill will be less than the new £4.2 million salary cap.
So Young's record up to date is by no means the best, but he has inherited a good squad with the likes of Joe Simpson, Dom Waldouck and Joe Worsley still on the books. Couple that with some promising youngsters such as Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly, who impressed for England at the recent Junior World Championships, and you've got the foundations for what could be a strong season.
But the question for Young is how long will it take to gel a team from the players he already has with the new recruits he is undoubtedly going to sign. Young has penned a four-year contract, but if he does not manage to show signs of progress quickly he could find himself under pressure. The Wasps board is not known for its patience; the dismissals of Sir Ian McGeechan and Tony Hanks tell you that.
Young will have to do with Wasps what he failed to with Cardiff - turn the team into Europe's dominant force. There can be no greater challenge. But is he really 'exactly the right man' for the job?