Even before somebody had logged into the Manchester United Twitter feed to announce the departure of David Moyes, Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required) was pinning the responsibility for the team's future on Louis van Gaal.
Indeed, Custis went as far as to say that the Holland head coach "wants" the job before Moyes' reign was ended by the Old Trafford hierarchy.
The article quoted a source close to Van Gaal as saying: "Louis would love the United job if it becomes available. Manchester United is his No. 1 choice.”
Well, there's no harm in hedging your bets, is there? Van Gaal has already announced that he will be stepping down from his current role with Dutch national team after the World Cup final in Brazil, and he has already made the Premier League his target.
In relation to a possible link with Tottenham Hotspur, Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail reported the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager as saying in March:
My ambition is to coach a top team in the Premier League. I have never experienced the atmosphere in England.
I want to win the league title in a fourth country. That’s my objective and I want to fulfil it. Either that, or I will retire and move with my wife to Portugal.
Of course, I like the Bundesliga a lot, but I have already won the German title. I now want to win a major trophy in another country.
With Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola swiftly distancing themselves from the Old Trafford vacancy, a pathway to United appeared to have opened up for the Dutchman. For United, it is a move that would make sense as club owners, the Glazer family, seek the steady hand and experience to prevent further deterioration of form.
His credentials as a leading European coach are impressive. Since winning the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, the 62-year-old has gone on to claim two La Liga titles with Barcelona and the German double with Bayern Munich in 2010.
Van Gaal succeeded the disappointing reign of Jurgen Klinsmann at the Allianz Arena, and with the help of new signing Arjen Robben, he had won the Bundesliga and German Cup. That already has the sound of familiarity, doesn't it?
With the Glazers also having one eye on the finances of United, the fact that Van Gaal will be a free agent in the summer will not have gone unnoticed either. Even before stepping through the door, Van Gaal will be feted as a hero by United fans after the disappointment of the Moyes era, while United striker Robin van Persie will welcome an ally to the club.
Most importantly for Van Gaal, he really couldn't do much worse than Moyes did, meaning any improvement in form will be seen as down to his tactical awareness and man-management.
He really can't lose. But neither can United.
Believability Meter: High
The appointment of Van Gaal will be an open goal for both Manchester United and the Dutchman.
Saving on possible compensation for taking another club's coach will not come into the equation, while the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern boss has more than enough medals and honours to silence any dissent from doubters.
But if Van Gaal does arrive at Old Trafford, some United players and journalists should be warned that the ride could get rough, as Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror noted in a profile this week.
This could get interesting.