Perhaps if he comes in and fails they will be more than happy to take one of their own as AD?
Without knowing anything specific about the hiring process, that is a pretty common strategy in long-term planning -- there has been no mention of an "interim" director, but this may be a situation where the intention was to bring in an outsider to avoid inside friction. Looking back over this thread I was thinking about how the situation at the POB does and does not relate to the transition here at Pacific Northwest Ballet when Peter Boal was hired. There wasn't a powerful inside/outside dynamic at the time, but the shift in repertory (Boal's connection to contemporary choreographers of his generation, rather than the outgoing directors' context) feels similar. I agree, I don't know that Millepied will have the time and space to continue his personal choreographic development (nor do I think that the POB as an institution is really the right place for his works as they stand right now) but he may shift his interest to the acquisition of work. Including Winterbranch on his recent program in LA is perhaps a suggestion of what he might bring to the mix in Paris.