The question I've been asked most over the past couple of days regarding Ian Baraclough being announced as the new Northern Ireland manager is, 'Is this a good appointment?'
There is no simple answer to that question because as with every managerial appointment, winning games is key and if Ian wins games then he will prove that it's been a good decision by the IFA board.
That's how football has always worked and will continue to work - results define if you're a success or not.
As with every new manager and every new player, there is an element of risk attached to them. Regardless of who got the nod for the manager's job, every one of the candidates would have been the same and carried some sort of risk.
From the outside looking in, I can see why the Association decided on Ian. Continuity was the battle cry right from the start of the process from the IFA president David Martin and chief executive Patrick Nelson and they've been true to their word.
It was always going to be tough picking a new manager after the success the team has had in the last three qualifying campaigns. The players have raised the bar on the pitch, and the supporters in the stands now have much higher expectations ahead of games.
Expectation shouldn't add any pressure on Ian because the players have also shown they can deal with the big occasion and it doesn't faze them.
They have embraced all the challenges they've faced recently and will absolutely relish going to Bosnia for the delayed Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.
It is a huge game for our country and not wanting too much disruption is understandable from the IFA. Ian was very much involved in the preparation for the intended trip to Bosnia in March.
From travel arrangements to training facilities as well as communication with the players and the former manager, Ian knew the ins and outs of the trip as he'd been assigned to just that.
It would have then seemed a bit strange to look outside for another manager who had no prior knowledge of all that important information. With that in mind, irrespective of the interview process, Ian was the only man the IFA were going to give the job to with so much riding on winning in Zenica.
It's a sensible and pragmatic decision that the board hope will lead all the way to Euro 2020 and every Northern Ireland football supporter will be in the same frame of mind.
On the pitch, Ian is two games from greatness and living long in the memory of the supporters for years to come. Our squad is in a very healthy position as it stands. We have a great mix of experienced campaigners balanced off by young, hungry players who desperately want to represent Northern Ireland at another major Championship.
Having known Ian for a few years, the supporters can rest assured he will fully immerse himself in the job with the main aim to continue the good work laid down before him.
He clearly sees the job as an exciting challenge but he will heavily rely on the senior players to continue the positive culture within the squad that's been created on and off the pitch.
I've said previously that a successful Northern Ireland team relies on Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas to be available.
Ian will have his fingers crossed that all four are at his disposal come October for what will be one of his biggest nights as a manager.
The new manager was quoted over the weekend as saying, "I will give a real good go of making it a success" and that's all the Green and White Army ask.
We take pride in our country so let's hope Ian can give everyone more unforgettable memories in the years to come.
Good luck, Ian.