Northern Ireland coach Austin MacPhee is convinced new manager Ian Baraclough can continue the success Michael O'Neill brought to the country.
MacPhee was a key figure in O'Neill's backroom team, coming aboard in 2014 and staying until the ex-Shamrock Rovers boss left the hotseat on a permanent basis for Stoke City earlier this year.
That dramatic period saw Northern Ireland qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, just miss out on a place at the 2018 World Cup and reach the Euro 2020 play-offs.
A new era is up and running with Baraclough at the helm. He has asked MacPhee to stick around, believing the ex-Hearts coach can bring more to the party.
The 40-year-old is delighted to still be involved in the Northern Ireland set-up alongside the former Under-21 supremo and ex-Motherwell boss, whom he feels has much to offer in the senior ranks.
"I worked with Ian when he came up to the senior team when Michael was in charge and sat in the dug-out with him, and you could tell how knowledgeable he is," MacPhee told Sunday Life Sport.
"He is a very calm person and obviously been successful as a manager before. I have a really good relationship with him and enjoy speaking about football with him. You can tell players like him as well."
MacPhee says a key factor why Baraclough can hit the ground running - as he needs to do with the play-off semi-final in Bosnia his third match in charge - is that he already knows all about international football.
"The international process is something that Ian has been through with the Under-21s," he added. "He knows about the 10-day cycle, the two games, borrowing players from clubs, trying to keep in contact with them, planning travel, when you train and knowing you can't train so much.
"He won't come with the frustration that sometimes you can find in international football, coming to it from club football. That is so important.
"There is a hectic schedule of internationals coming up and, for a nation that doesn't have so many professional footballers to choose from like Northern Ireland, that is more difficult for us than other nations because you are going to get injuries and it is difficult to put a high-intensity team on the pitch in games in quick succession, so that will give some of the Under-21s an opportunity and Ian will know all of them.
"I think the appointment makes sense in a lot of ways and I also know he is a very popular appointment amongst the players."
It was O'Neill who recruited the relatively unknown MacPhee six years ago. For that, the Scot will always be grateful.
"Like any young player, a young coach needs an opportunity, and one thing about Michael is he has given a lot of people opportunity and it is up to you to seize that chance," said MacPhee.
"He has given me, Stephen Robinson (Motherwell boss), Andy Cousins (O'Neill's Head of Performance Analysis at Stoke) and others that opportunity and none of us probably deserved to be working at international level to be honest.
"The mentorship he has given us all and the belief in our ability that we could work at that level has allowed us other opportunities in our careers."
On O'Neill's strengths, MacPhee added: "Michael has a special skill for the timing of how he can make an instant decision that consistently is the right one. The biggest one I remember is when we lost 1-0 to Poland in the Euro 2016 Finals and I got on the bus with him after the game and he told me he was making five changes.
"He didn't tell me the players but he said he was going to put energy into the team and we beat Ukraine 2-0 in the next game after he made the five changes. He is very clear in his own mind quickly.
"You see that with substitutions. The number of times he has made switches and they have had an impact is fantastic. That comes down to the relationship he has built with the group and the relationship the group has built with each other.
"I have had a brilliant experience since I joined in 2014. I got on the bus at the right time and have made a lot of special friendships with the staff and players.
"I find international football is all about relationships because nobody is under contract other than the manager. Why everyone wants to stay part of it and help Ian as much as we can says a lot about the culture in the group and what has been built over the last few years. There is determination and belief that we can continue the success we have had and everyone will work hard to do that."