ACT in haste, repent at leisure.
Lee Charnley is under pressure to bring in a new head coach at Newcastle United – and quickly.
But will he get the appointment right?
Some of the names on the shortlist being drawn up by managing director Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr are, by now, well known.
Club owner Mike Ashley is waiting on their recommendation.
Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel, Christophe Galtier, Eddie Howe and even Glenn Hoddle are contenders.
Steve McClaren, however, yesterday ruled himself out of the running.
Caretaker manager John Carver, previously departed manager Alan Pardew’s No2, is also keen to take the job on a full-time basis.
But not all of them are available to start work next week – or even next month.
And is Charnley willing to wait until the summer to get his man?
Charnley – who stepped up to his position after Derek Llambias left the club – hasn’t had a bigger decision to make during his time at the helm of the club.
Does he go for a coach who is available now – or is he prepared to put Carver in interim charge until the summer and appoint a head coach then?
Supporters want certainty, and many want an appointment now.
But that would rule out Galtier, at St Etienne until the summer.
The 48-year-old said: “I have a duty to my club and my players – I am and will be the manager of St Etienne until the end of the season.”
Tuchel – who promised his family he would take a year off after leaving Mainz last summer – would almost certainly be easier to recruit at the end of the campaign.
Derby Coach head coach McClaren, having felt the speculation surrounding his future was a distraction, insisted he had no intention of leaving the Championship club.
McClaren said: “I want to see the job through – I love it here.”
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough’s Tyneside-based manager Aitor Karanka, also linked with the job, said at the weekend he was “120 per cent” committed to his club.
And Howe, one of English football’s brighest young managers, is desperate to reach the Premier League with Bournemouth, who lead the Championship.
Of course, there could be other candidates we don’t know about.
The recruitment process is cloaked in secrecy, with the club officials having made no comment, public or otherwise.
In the meantime, Carver is preparing the team for Saturday’s game against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Carver – also Sir Bobby Robson’s No2 during his memorable tenure at Newcastle – could well still be in charge when he turns 50 later this month.
The club’s blueprint sees Pardew’s successor and Carr reporting to Charnley, who in turn reports to Ashley.
It’s a continental model, and as such would seemingly fit better a coach from the continent.
And the best man for the job might just be the hardest to bring to St James’s Park, and that’s putting aside the financial aspect of any appointment.
Don’t wait up.