The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had all but identified Whatmore as their man, though once Zaka Ashraf took over as the chairman late last year, the matter was delayed. He did, though, finally visit Pakistan just before the first Test for what was believed to be the formal conclusion to him signing on.
But in the time since Ashraf took over, a case for the incumbent interim Mohsin Khan has been built up. Mohsin has said he is keen for the job. On his CV, he has series wins over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and a Test win over the world's best side. So far.
For whatever else his impact has been, it is at least clear that he has developed a stable, workable chemistry with Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain. But given that Misbah's partnership with Waqar Younis – Mohsin's predecessor – was equally stable, it might say more about the captain than it does about either coach.
Questions are being asked about why Whatmore should take over when the interim has done so well and especially as the interim is local; the nationality of a coach, rather than his credentials, continues to be an issue.
It is a tricky situation. The PCB will be wary of upsetting what is always a delicate calm, but they will also be keen to install a long-term appointment with a genuine and fairly successful coaching background. It is not a particularly nice headache to have.