Flower it is - but a cloak of secrecy remains
In this summer to rival all past summers for English cricket it would be churlish not to wish Andy Flower, on his first day in office as team director, all the luck in the world.
Not only is it essential that England put on a strong show in the ICC World Twenty20 in June, there is also the small matter of an Ashes campaign a month later.
And yet, a number of important questions remain unanswered - despite the fact the ECB's managing director Hugh Morris was challenged to validate the rather unsatisfactory search for a successor to Peter Moores.
One issue - the questionable strategy of hiring a head-hunting firm - was safely negotiated as Morris said it cost no more than putting an advertisement in a national newspaper.
But why had four men judged to be among the best cricket coaches on the globe - Mickey Arthur, John Buchanan, Tom Moody and Graeme Ford - not even bothered to throw their hats into the ring? In short, what was so unappealing about this role?
Morris's answer was thus: "I don't think it's unappealing because we clearly had significant interest in the role. We were very pleased with the level and standard of the people who applied for the role."
But who were the 30 applicants that Morris was so proud of and which of them had got onto the shortlist of interviewed candidates? "For reasons of confidentiality I would like to keep that confidential."
Morris was unable to tout Flower's past achievements as a coach, because the only coaching experience he has had is as Moores' assistant - and in that time England did not exactly worry the rest of the cricketing world.
But he did say he has the "potential to be a world-class coach" at least twice, which is fine so long as the potential is realised. It's pretty darned important that it is realised, mind you. Stick a young rookie county player into the national side, and you can easily drop him two or three matches later if he fails to make the grade - but that's not so easy with your coach.
The other issue is this: the England role has the significant carrot of being a staff job, not a short-term contract - and an attractive salary thought to be in the region of £250,000 a year, possibly more.
And yet we still return, predictably enough, to the stand-in candidate who was waiting in the wings all along, even Flower reminded us that he was not sure he actually wanted the job until halfway through the tour of the Caribbean earlier this year.
You have to go back to 1999, when the ECB had been in existence for barely two years - to find the last (and thus far only) appointment from outside its own "family".
That time, they replaced David Lloyd with Duncan Fletcher - and what a success that was. This time - well, it's not exactly a Fabio Capello moment for English cricket.
Meanwhile, we still don't know what the rest of the coaching structure will be, whether - for instance - bowling coach Ottis Gibson keeps his job or not. Perhaps we will one day soon.
What of Flower himself? It is fair to say he made a quiet appearance at Lord's, and spoke quietly too - so much so that his words were almost lost amid the (not exactly deafening) clicks of camera shutters.
He said nothing that was surprising, memorable or remotely newsworthy, and where he could justifiably avoid answering a question at all he did so.
All of that is barely relevant at this stage of course, and if England's results this summer either meet or surpass expectations then nobody will care if he continues to play the media with caution.
In the meantime, it is only right and proper to let Flower prepare for the detailed strategic work - plus selection and team meetings - that will dominate his diary over the next three weeks.
The first indication of his ideology will come when the squad for the first Test against West Indies is announced on Sunday.