After four years apart, Neil Warnock and Crystal Palace were reunited this week.
The former Leeds and Sheffield United boss was named as the successor to Tony Pulis on Wednesday, as David Ornstein of BBC Sport reported, after two weeks of turmoil at Selhurst Park.
Pulis' departure two days before the Premier League season began had appeared to be a major blow after the former Stoke City manager had—almost miraculously—staved off the threat of relegation.
Palace chairman Steve Parish looked poised to unveil Malky Mackay as the new manager last week, before a welter of controversy from his time at Cardiff City rained down on the potential appointment, as Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail revealed.
Fast forward a week and Warnock made his first return to a dugout since leaving Leeds United after 14 months in charge in April 2013.
To the external eye, the appointment of the 65-year-old might come as a surprise after the former manager left Palace with the club staring into the abyss of financial ruin.
Palace entered administration in January 2010, and Warnock left the club for Queens Park Rangers soon after.
However, Warnock was swift to ensure no bridges were burnt with the Selhurst Park club and its supporters, as The Independent reported.
Warnock was quoted as saying:
Leaving a club in administration for one with huge potential must look an easy decision but it has been one of the most difficult of my career, and there have been a few.
The reason I am sad, as well as excited, is that of all the clubs I have been at the fans at Crystal Palace have been the best.
It's easy to say, but I'm not just saying it because I'm leaving. The support they have given me and the players during a very difficult few months, and beforehand, has been fantastic and it is something I will never forget.
As everyone knows, I'm a northerner, and we all think that's the only hotbed of football, but after managing Palace I know better.
That quote alone will ensure there will be no acrimony over the return of Warnock, but he will have his work cut out in attempting to recreate Pulis' exploits this season.
His appointment came five days before the close of the transfer window, and the team had not picked up a point from their opening two matches before their last-gasp draw with Newcastle on Saturday.
Warnock, Palace and the supporters must now unite once more with a series of winnable matches on the horizon.
And if one man can emulate Pulis, it is the Yorkshireman, who has previously guided both Palace and QPR to safety in the Championship before setting up assaults on the top flight.
Warnock has become renowned for his belief in youth, and it will need all of his man-management skills to ensure Palace are not fighting a relegation battle in May.
Believability Meter: High
In Warnock, Palace have found a manager they know well and a man with a genuine affection for Selhurst Park.
But this is going to be a long season unless all parties are united behind the returning manager.