So how are we feeling about all this now?

Now that the appointment of Fabian Huerzeler as Albion head coach on a three-year deal has been confirmed.

Excited? Nervous? Nervously excited, even?

Or/and maybe a bit anxious? Even a bit worried?

Huerzeler will be at Lancing in time for the start of pre-season training He is the youngest manager or head coach in the club’s history.

The youngest anywhere in the top tier since “football began” back in 1992 with the creation of the Premier League.

Younger than the Premier League itself. Younger than the back-pass rule.

The 31-year-old has a simple reply to all that.

A young man, he likes to say, but not a young coach given the experience he has at junior levels, at the German equivalent of non-league and then with a famous, fervently-backed club in the second tier of the Bundesliga.

A risk? Yes, a calculated one – but isn’t that often the case?

It certainly is for Albion, who have to do things just a bit differently rather than being a lower-budget copycat of the super-powers with whom they have shared the 20-club top tier for what will soon be eight seasons.

Graham Potter and Roberto De Zerbi were also calculated risks. One of them famously didn’t “know the league”.

Actually, like Huerzeler, they both knew the league very well but just hadn’t coached in it. In my 18 years covering Albion home and away, I can recall just two Albion managerial appointments which were widely seen as no-risk.

One was when the safe hands of Chris Hughton were applied to the wobbly steering wheel midway through 2014-15.

The other was when Micky Adams retuned for a second stint back in 2008.

And only one of those appointments actually paid off.

There can be no guarantees over results or outcome, especially in the cut-throat world of Premier League football.

Managerial appointments can come off or not, just like player signings.

Or they can come off eventually – when patience and support are shown.

Potter had that. De Zerbi was mildly surprised at how much of it he had after five games without a win.

Where there CAN be guarantees is in how the appointment has been arrived at.

That it will have been a considered process, that all angles will have been assessed.

That the new man will come into a scenario which is set up for sustainable progress within the context of a mid-sized, carefully-run, financially-careful relative newcomer to top-flight football.

That his football and his personality appear to be a great fit for the job – albeit you only really get to know people when you work with them.

We see that many aspects of his football will fit with the Albion squad.

That the squad in question is among the very best the club have assembled.

That the summer business with Germany also includes a top sports doctor who, it is expected, will help increase player availability.

It is an enduring frustration that Albion tackled their first ever European season weakened after losing star players to transfers and injuries.

There are players who are on an upward trajectory, players who one hopes will be available more often than last season.

There are some who might think they have more chance to shine now than last term.

It will be said every player has a clean slate but that is a tired cliche which is not consistent with also saying that Huerzeler has a good knowledge of the squad.

If he knows a lot about the players already, then presumably he will also have opinions about them.

At the same time, perhaps opinions can be changed when you work with a player day-to-day and talk to him one-to-one.

There will be new signings and Huerzeler will probably be linked with St Pauli players.

It makes for easy speculation but, in reality, how often do star players follow their manager at this level?

It is not that simple and the options are not that limited.

De Zerbi never brought in talent from Italy or Shakhtar (that said, there was probably at least one he would have liked).

Potter never signed Oli McBurnie or Dan James from Swansea, despite the frequent speculation.

Oscar Garcia did not add talented young Catalans to the Albion playing resources.

It is possible for some, who worry about such things, that the sense of unease in this summer of change will be heightened by the fact their friends from up the M23 and nearly in London are getting their act together.

There is an argument that the top 12 or so of the Prem looks more competitive at the moment than a year or two ago.

Deep in the report which accompanies Albion’s most recent accounts, there is a line which points out the first target each season is still to avoid relegation.

But we know the top-ten theme of the club’s thinking and we know the desire to return to Europe and win a trophy.

They have to do that with imagination and originality. I think we can say they shown those qualities here - but then they often have.

Among the stats about Albion’s youngest ever managers and head coaches provided by club historian Tim Carder, the biggest surprise for me was not that Huerzeler was top but that they have only ever appointed one man who was aged 50 or older.

It almost feels like they have out-Brightoned themselves with this latest appointment.

So nervous about how this works out? Yes, a bit. Let’s be honest.

But nervous in a good way. Intrigued. And confident in the process behind it.