George Patton, legendary World War 2 commander, has emerged as the surprise favourite to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt put Patton's name forward as the government's favoured candidate at the end of a gruelling interview process.
Hunt enthused at the news "I and my colleagues in the Culture, Media and Sport Committee were all immensely impressed by General Patton's CV in terms of his qualities of leadership, motivation and man management.
The BBC Trust hasn't had its problems to seek in the last few years and we felt that the General is the right man to lead the Trust and face the many challenges ahead. We need someone to grasp the nettle and our candidate fits the bill".
Asked if the fact that General Patton had been dead since 1945 would reduce his effectiveness in the job, Hunt replied "That is pure minutiae if not a total irrelevance".