Golf course's loss could be Pars' and Jefferies' gain
Jim Jefferies' powers as a miracle worker are about to be put to the test as new manager of Dunfermline Athletic when he is confirmed in the post on Wednesday.
JJ has eight games to save the Pars from relegation. No pressure there then?
Dunfermline, who parted company with boss Jim McIntyre last weekend, are without a home win this season.
Demotion could prove a financial catastrophe at East End Park.
With a home game against St Mirren at East End Park on Saturday and sitting four points behind 11th-placed Hibernian, Jefferies must energise and organise a team who have gone eight games without a win and seem bereft of belief and confidence.
That will be no easy task, but the man who won the Scottish Cup with Hearts in 1998 has experience by the bucket-load.
At Falkirk, Jefferies won promotion from the First Division as well as lifting the Challenge Cup.
At Kilmarnock, he guided the Rugby Park side to a runners-up spot in the League Cup in season 2006-07.
There is little point in debating whether the Dunfermline board should have parted company with Jim McIntyre sooner, or given him the opportunity to steer the club to safety.
Dunfermline are where they are and, given that they wanted experience this time around, the appointment of Jefferies looks like a good fit.
An air of calm and organisation is needed around the Halbeath Road in these potentially dangerous times for the club. A clear mind and precise plan of action is required.
I would be astonished if, in his meetings with the board, Jefferies has not outlined various plans for the future of the club.
The possibilities of escaping relegation are slim, with a straight dogfight between Dunfermline and Hibernian looking likely.
So scenarios for both relegation and rebuilding, and remaining in the Scottish Premier League and rebuilding, will probably have been discussed.
The club has potential but also faces problems in terms of low crowds and a battle to keep finances on an even keel.
At a time like this, experience could make all the difference to the club's prospects.
A few weeks ago, Jefferies told me he'd been busy reducing his golf handicap.
He has had sufficient time to do that while out of work since leaving Hearts last year after his second spell in charge.
Now it's time for him to return to doing what he does best. The golf course's loss might be Dunfermline's gain.