When it comes to appointing international managers during the last 20 years, the Irish FA certainly don't allow reputation and achievement to cloud their judgement.
Invariably, surprise choices have been a success.
In 2004, fans' favourite and Northern Ireland legend Jimmy Nicholl was selected by the Irish FA Board to succeed Sammy McIlroy but, when agreement couldn't be reached on his wages - he simply asked for the same pay he was getting at Dunfermline - Lawrie Sanchez stepped in at a greatly reduced rate and, of course, led Northern Ireland to great wins over England, Spain and Sweden.
In 2011, following Nigel Worthington's resignation, former Northern Ireland internationals Iain Dowie and Jim Magilton, who had both managed at a high level in the English club game, were favourites for the post but were pipped by the relatively inexperienced ex-Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill.
Irish FA President Jim Shaw admitted he and his panel selecting the new manager had been blown away by O'Neill's presentation and attention to detail.
That diligence, confidence and extraordinary ability enabled O'Neill - after a rocky start - to become one of Northern Ireland's greatest ever managers following a sojourn to France for the Euro finals in 2016, the brink of qualifying for the World Cup in 2018 and leaving the team with a great chance of reaching their second successive European Championship next year.
The task of navigating Northern Ireland through the Euro play-offs - with a semi-final away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in October followed by possible Windsor Park shoot-out against the Republic of Ireland or Slovakia one month later - has fallen on Englishman Ian Baraclough.
The Under-21 boss has been given the job ahead of two former Northern Ireland internationals, Tommy Wright and Stephen Robinson, who have excelled with clubs in Scotland.
Wright was a free agent following his departure from St Johnstone earlier this summer and Robinson - part of the successful Euro 2016 backroom team - led Motherwell to third in the Scottish Premiership on limited resources, with both considered major contenders.
But as Sunday Life Sport revealed earlier this year, Baraclough, who presided over the Under-21s' greatest victory when they defeated the mighty Spain, was given invaluable experience at senior international level following O'Neill's departure to Stoke City.
The 49-year-old-from Leicester, who managed Scunthorpe, Sligo Rovers and Motherwell before landing the U21 job in 2017, was asked by Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson to undertake the duties of caretaker manager in preparation for the proposed Euro play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina in March.
O'Neill had already invited Baraclough on a number of trips with the senior international squad during the last 18 months, so he was well known with the players and respected for the training sessions he put on.
The young players who had come through the Under-21 system spoke highly of Baraclough's influence as a manager and the style which he projected.
While O'Neill focused solely on Stoke, Baraclough opened up a line of communication with the senior players, especially skipper Steven Davis, and made trips to Bosnia to make sure everything was in order for Northern Ireland's arrival.
He spent time scouting the opposition, travel, training facilities and understanding all aspects of the senior international set-up.
Continuity has been the buzzword of this recruitment process to replace O'Neill.
While Magilton, Robinson and Wright have all spent time as coaches under O'Neill, it is Baraclough who has been involved most recently with the squad.
While the Nations League games against Romania and Norway will ultimately come first on Baraclough's itinerary in September, this job all centred around who the Irish FA ultimately felt was going to give Northern Ireland the best opportunity of reaching next year's Euro finals.
Two games in and Baraclough could suddenly become a national treasure.
"I was delighted to be linked to the job," he said last night.
"To ultimately accept the role as the new Northern Ireland manager is an honour and a privilege. I couldn't be more energised and excited to get going."
Irish FA President David Martin, who along with CEO Nelson, outgoing Board chairman Gerry Mallon and treasurer Neil Jardine, were part of the interview panel that selected Baraclough as manager, said: "Ian made a very good presentation and told us exactly what he hoped to achieve with regards to the Nations League, Euro 2020 play-off and beyond. A number of his Under-21 players are now in the senior squad and having Ian as the senior manager should progress them further."
When Derry City were searching for a new manager to replace Kenny Shiels in October 2018, Baraclough's success with the Under-21s and, prior to that, Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland saw him heavily linked with a move to the Candystripes.
However a senior Irish FA figure informed me: "Bara is destined for bigger things."
Eighteen months later, Baraclough has the job he craved the most - as the 13th Northern Ireland manager in Irish FA history.
When O'Neill first left for Stoke last November, Baraclough was a footnote in discussions, with Wright, Robinson and Magilton viewed as the frontrunners.
But in selecting an international manager, the Irish FA have never really gone for convention. They've followed their counterparts in England and the Republic of Ireland by promoting from within, with Gareth Southgate and Stephen Kenny having stepped into the respective roles.
Sanchez and O'Neill were outside hopes who became Northern Ireland success stories.
By winning just two games before the end of November, Baraclough has the opportunity to join them in the annals of the Irish FA.
And IFA chiefs will be able to bask in the delight of another surprise package delivering.