So at least we now know why England hadn't appointed a Head Coach going into the 'Super Threes' weekend - there isn't going to be one!
According to a press-release from the ECB, Paul Shaw (formerly the Women's Academy Head Coach) has been appointed to something... but that something isn't Head Coach - it's "Head of England Women's Performance"; and as far as I can see, it involves doing his old job plus Mark Lane's old job.
I have to say that I find this really bizarre.
First, by (in effect) replacing two jobs with one, it appears that we no longer have anyone with sole, dedicated responsibility for the national team - instead, we have one man, wearing two very different hats - and outside of the circus, that's neither cool nor funny!
Second, the job as a whole sounds very-much like the 'Director of (Women's) Cricket' role that was mooted in the press a couple of weeks ago. Except that it's not called 'Director of Cricket', it's called 'Head of Performance' - a manifestly lesser title. Why? Politics? Money? Pettiness*? Color me confused!
But to conclude on a brighter note, hopefully this now brings the interregnum to a close.
Whatever his title, Paul Shaw has a big job ahead of him; and as an England fan I can only wish him luck and success.
* I wouldn't put it past them!