Richard Graham may have sparked Super Rugby's mad coaching merry-go-round but the new Queensland mentor is expecting a ride of comfort and stability no matter what the future holds for immediate boss Ewen McKenzie.
Graham has reported for duty at Ballymore, five months after shocking the code with his defection from the Western Force to join forces with McKenzie for the 2013 season under a European-model coaching structure.
The move ultimately saw him axed mid-season by the Force, who took until last month to name his full-time successor in Michael Foley.
Foley's own controversial resignation from NSW after their worst-ever season was only put to bed by the Waratahs on Tuesday when they named Michael Cheika as replacement.
Meantime, the Reds are ready to roll at a moment's notice if McKenzie, the heir-apparent to an under-pressure Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach, is swept into the national job.
Graham, Australia's skills coach only two years ago, isn't guessing when McKenzie might rise to the Test post but commended the Reds' forward-thinking to ensure a smooth transition if he does.
The former Reds fullback-winger will be head coach, but the 2IC to McKenzie who is titled director of coaching for 2013.
The next season, which is when Deans' Wallabies contract expires, McKenzie is scheduled to become Queensland's director of rugby, allowing for Graham to become the main man at the Reds.
Compared to the disruption at other clubs, Graham described it as "an incredibly positive transition".
"Queensland are in a really fortunate position where they have been able to transition when they choose to transition," he said.
"When Ewen leaves or steps aside from the organisation I will stand here and be in charge of the rugby program going forward. The clarity surrounding that is very, very clear."
Rather than be perturbed by taking a step backwards, Graham stressed he was happy to bide his time and learn from McKenzie.
An Australian sevens stalwart, Graham first made his coaching name as an attacking guru but will begin his Reds tenure focussing on defence.
Queensland, 2011 champions, will keep the structure that worked for them in the past three years with McKenzie the main man, assistant Jim McKay heading the attack and Graham replacing new Scottish defence coach Matt Taylor.
"Two of the staff have obviously been consistent with their roles and at this point in time you would be foolish to tamper or change with that," Graham said.
"They've been successful for a reason and if you don't need to make change then why do it.
"Behind closed doors I'll be challenging guys with ideas from my own experiences and philosophies on the game."