Mark Hughes decided to walk away from his post at Craven Cottage after just one season in the southwest of London with the club installing Martin Jol as his replacement on Tuesday.
Last English summer it was Hughes replacing Roy Hodgson, who got the job at Liverpool, and this time the Australian international is happy it is already sorted as Hughes' appointment seemed an afterthought prior to last season.
"I think the club was very conscious of the position we were in last season when two weeks before the first game we still didn't have a new manager," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"It was well documented last season they were after Martin Jol and this time they've got him. It is definitely a positive move to have it all sorted out now.
"Our pre-season starts on June 23 because we are in the Europa League, so it was vital that we moved quickly on a manager and now he can start planning for the season ahead."