Irish FA President Raymond Kennedy and Chief Executive Howard Wells were today looking forward to a meeting when the re-appointment of Nigel Worthington as Northern Ireland manager was expected to be rubber stamped.
As revealed in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph, IFA chiefs are confident that they will make an announcement regarding Worthington's future before Christmas.
At the weekend they had feared that they would not get their man because their original offer did not meet Worthington's financial plans.
But the two parties have come together with Worthington ready to agree a new contract which will see him take charge of Northern Ireland for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
He is likely to have the same backroom team - his assistant will be Glynn Snodin and Fred Barber will be retained as the goalkeeping coach.