David Moyes has offered chairman Bill Kenwright every assistance in trying to secure his replacement as Everton manager.
There was less than 36 hours between Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his decision to retire and Moyes' appointment as Manchester United's new boss, underlining the speed with which the United hierarchy wanted to get the succession issue settled.
For Kenwright, the process is going to take slightly longer.
Wigan's Roberto Martinez has already been ousted as favourite by Neil Lennon, whose performances in the Champions League with Celtic this season offers an experience at the highest level even Moyes cannot match.
However, such is the mature manner in which Moyes has handled his own exit, his relationship with Kenwright remains strong enough to have significant input, just as Ferguson did in United's decision to go after his fellow Scot.
"I'll help Everton as much as I possibly can," said Moyes. "Walter Smith recommended me for ...