Edinburgh chief executive Nic Cartwright is confident he will be able to replace the departing Andy Robinson with a coach of a similar calibre.
Robinson was named as Scotland's new coach on Thursday after proving his ability during a successful 20-month stint at Edinburgh.
The climax of the progress he had made with the side from the capital was the Black and Reds securing a highly-creditable second place in the Celtic League in May.
Robinson agonised over whether to leave his relatively low-profile and successful role with Edinburgh for the hothouse environment of Test rugby, having endured a miserable period in charge of his home country England.
But he eventually took up the SRU's offer and Cartwright believes solid foundations are in place for his new coach to build on.
Cartwright said: "Andy's professionalism and knowledge has enabled Edinburgh to progress at a phenomenal rate over the past two seasons and his contribution, both on and off the pitch, will never be forgotten.
"Edinburgh's head coach role is arguably one of the most attractive jobs around and I'm sure we will attract the interest of coaches with the right skill-set and mindset to continue the progress that has been made.
"Whoever is the most suitable applicant will inherit a talented young squad who are eager to learn and with a tremendous team spirit."
Wales' acting head coach Rob Howley has given Sam Davies and Rory Thornton a boost ahead of the RBS 6 Nations by naming the uncapped Ospreys duo in his largely experienced squad for the Autumn Internationals.