Northern Ireland can look forward to a bright future with Ian Baraclough's young guns.
That's the view of former Irish FA president Jim Shaw, who believes an improved production line hints at more success on the senior international stage.
Following the impressive work of the ClubNI programme and the IFA's Elite Performance Director Jim Magilton, the cream of Northern Ireland's young football talent have never been better prepared to further their careers in England and Scotland.
While the Irish League has been an effective launching pad for players like Stuart Dallas, Gavin Whyte and Mark Sykes, there's a steady trickle of brilliant young prospects hungry to seize their chance.
Baraclough was the early front-runner to replace Michael O'Neill having delivered some impressive results in charge of the Under-21s.
His young side celebrated stunning victories over Spain and Iceland during his first campaign in charge, as they finished second in their qualifying group for the 2019 Euro Under-21 Championships, narrowly missing out on a play-off place on the final night of the campaign.
Both O'Neill and Baraclough believe in creating the best possible pathway for young players to progress to the senior side and the development of stars like Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jamal Lewis, Liam Donnelly, Jordan Thompson, Whyte and Sykes underline that philosophy.
Building on O'Neill's legacy, with a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final with Bosnia-Herzegovina looming in October, is not a straightforward assignment but at least Baraclough can take great encouragement when he assesses the young talent coming through and displaying considerable promise.
"We now have Jim Magilton working on the elite development side and we are seeing a lot more young players going across the water," said former Irish FA chief Shaw.
"The players, like Linfield teenagers Charlie Allen and Dale Taylor, are coming through a system that is producing top talent.
"We have seen many young players go across the water and you hope in the next few years they will follow in the footsteps of a player like Gavin Whyte.
"The hope is we will have a strong team for years to come. I think the fans can see the youth development and we have never had a crop like it in my lifetime.
"I watched Linfield's youth team win the Steel and Sons Cup and you could see the boys' potential.
"Ethan Galbraith is another top talent at Manchester United while Michael Forbes has gone to West Ham, Conor Bradley has moved to Liverpool and Charlie Lindsay is at Rangers.
"The ClubNI programme is clearly working and things are looking up. It was always the case that you wouldn't see the real benefits until 10 years later.
"Our boys always had to compete with the best foreign talent there is in England and we are doing all the right things to make it happen."
Shaw was part of the Irish FA's recruitment process that brought Lawrie Sanchez and O'Neill to the senior international panel, so he understands how difficult a decision the Association faced.
"It is a difficult and hard decision to make. I always say that the managers have the coaching ability and you are looking for man management after that," said Shaw.
"You get a lot of people who like to criticise in football but this was a big call for the Irish FA. You are aiming to find someone who can keep you moving along the path you are on and they have gone for Ian.
"It's key that we keep moving forward and don't take a step back. We have been to the Euro finals in France, almost made the World Cup and have a big Euro play-off game coming up so we are putting ourselves in contention. It would have been a fair process and of course when Michael was interviewed he spoke very well. That's the point of the interviews, to assess the candidates, but it's not easy."
One of Baraclough's first decisions was a crucial one and retaining the influence and experience of former World Cup hero Jimmy Nicholl was warmly greeted.
"I'm delighted to see Jimmy Nicholl stay on because he is a great motivator and is highly respected by players. He has all that experience and knowledge from playing in major finals," added Shaw. "Michael was very appreciative of Jimmy's input and influence and it's reassuring he remains involved. Best wishes to Ian for the continuation of our successful period in the international arena."
Ian Baraclough hero worshipped Malcolm McDonald as a kid, played over 600 games in the lower leagues in England, won a title and cups with Sligo Rovers and now has the biggest job in Northern Ireland football.