Ashley Giles believes Warwickshire must not rush into appointing his successor at Edgbaston.
But the outgoing director of cricket also considers that an appointment should be made early enough for the new man to spend time getting to know the players before they head to Barbados for the pre-season trip in mid-March.
The vacancy is expected to attract some high-calibre applicants. Head coach at the county champions of England is among the biggest jobs in cricket below the international stage.
The search for Giles' replacement is now in full swing with the job advertised and getting around the global grapevine.
While applications are likely to land from far and wide, a couple are also certain to arrive in the internal mail with bowling coach Graeme Welch and assistant coach Dougie Brown sure to apply.
Both can stake a credible claim for the job, though the appointment of one might leave a tricky situation with the other who has been overlooked. In any business it can be pretty demotivating to have to carry on working under someone who has got the job for which you applied.
To hand the reins to Welch and Brown on a joint basis appears impractical - somebody would need to have the casting vote.
So chief executive Colin Povey, chairman Norman Gascoigne and cricket committee chairman John Dodge are waiting with interest to see who throws their hat in from outside.
The club intends to have the new man in place by the end of January. And that timescale shows the right blend of time-to-think and urgency, reckons Giles, "You mustn't rush these decisions," he said, "but once you get to Christmas and the New Year, pre-season is not far away at all and it's then that you really start stepping up work on the skills as well as fitness. Ideally, you need someone in the job and settled in time to get to know the guys way before they go to Barbados. Once they leave for Barbados and then with the game in Abu Dhabi straight after that, they will be right into the thick of it because after that you are straight into the season.
"There are some big decisions to be made but whoever is appointed, whether it is someone from within or brought in from outside, they will take over a club which is very much going the right way and has been for a couple of years.
"The culture and work ethic at the club is very good and there are some very good players so the wheel is moving in the right direction."
n Bears pair Tim Ambrose and Chris Metters are expected to step up their recovery from shoulder surgery next month.
Wicketkeeper Ambrose and spin bowler Metters are still in rehab after their operations but the former will be able to resume glove-work in practice at the end of January when the latter will start bowling again. Both should be fit well before the start of the season and Warwickshire could certainly do with that being the case.
Ambrose is currently the only senior wicketkeeper on the staff, while Metters' bowling would be useful back-up early in the season if No.1 spinner Jeetan Patel is selected for New Zealand's tour to England. The Bears' other young spinner, Paul Best, will be at university for the first half of the season.
Fast-bowler Recardo Gordon has recovered from the stress fracture of the back which ruled him out last season.
He is fit and has plenty of time to prepare for a serious bid for first-team action in 2013.