Clermont have confirmed that current backs coach Franck Azema will be prompted to the top job next year and will be assisted by current Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes.
Head coach Vern Cotter will leave Les Jaunards to take over at the helm of Scotland and many names have been linked with the role, including former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans as well as Jake White, who has just left the Brumbies.
But, having made the announcement to the players on Friday, the French club confirmed that they have looked within their ranks for the head coach role while 36-year-old former All Black Gibbes arrives from Dublin, where he previously worked under ex-Clermont and current Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.
42-year-old Azema played centre for Montpellier, Perpignan and Clermont in an 11-year playing career before taking up coaching in 2006 as the Perpigan backs coach. He moved back to Clermont in 2010.
Gibbes won eight caps for New Zealand during a player career where he also captained the New Zealand Maori, before joining Leinster in 2008.
The move would be a huge blow for Leinster, with Gibbes' contributions crucial to the three Heineken Cups since his arrival.
Leinster confirmed on Saturday that Gibbes will leave at the end of the current 2013/14 season.
"Jono has been an integral part of the Leinster backroom since joining the province at the start of the 2008/09 campaign and has made an invaluable contribution during a hugely successful period for the province," said Leinster Rugby Chief Executive Mick Dawson.
"He has worked under three coaches and has always shown great dedication, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic. While we're obviously disappointed to see him go, we respect his decision and wish him and his family well with this new chapter in their lives."