Shayne Lavery believes Ian Baraclough's man management style and methods will prove a hit with the Northern Ireland senior team.
The Linfield striker excelled under Baraclough at Under-21 level and offers a fascinating insight into what the Leicester native will bring to the party as Michael O'Neill's successor.
Lavery also reveals how a dressing room Bara blast spurred the Northern Ireland youngsters on to the famous 2-1 victory in Spain in the 2019 Under-21 European Championship qualifying campaign when they went close to making the Finals.
"With the Under-21s he changed the way we looked at games, especially the bigger games. In his first qualifying campaign we knew that Spain were a very tough team to beat but he gave us the belief that we could win those games," says Blues hero Lavery.
"Playing at younger age levels with Northern Ireland, you would go into games like that hoping to nick something, but he gave you confidence that you could compete well in those matches and end up winning.
"Off the pitch was big for the manager as well as on the pitch. He would set up quizzes a few nights on the weeks that we were away and that brought all the lads together a lot more, which really helped the squad.
"He had his own way of doing things and it worked. It is hard in international football to bring everyone together because we don't see each other that much. In the Under-21s, for example, you have young lads who come up into the squad and you have never played with them before, and it can be tough to gel on the pitch, but he did that well and we got some great results.
"It was an unbelievable time and I do think a lot of it was down to the confidence he and his staff gave all of us. He made us more of a team. You can have groups within a team but the manager brought everyone together, and that showed on the pitch as well."
On the best result in the history of the Northern Ireland Under-21 side when Lavery scored in a 2-1 victory over Spain in 2018, the ex-Everton ace recalled: "I remember we were 2-0 up at half-time and the manager came into the dressing room and gave us a rollicking, saying we hadn't played well at all. We had scored two goals in the first 10 minutes but I think the rollicking he gave us was why we went on to win the game.
"He didn't want us to be thinking it was amazing we were 2-0 up against Spain. All he was concerned about was us going on and winning."
Asked for his views when Baraclough was named Northern Ireland boss last weekend, Lavery said: "I thought it was great and fully deserved after what he did with the Under-21s and before that. The senior players really liked him when he came up to help with Michael. I think he will do really well."
Lavery's sensational displays for the Under-21s and some brilliant early season form for Linfield shot him into the senior squad under O'Neill. He would relish playing under Baraclough following his promotion.
"I would love to be involved in the senior side. Anyone would with the big games coming up. I will knuckle down in pre-season, get fit and hope to play well for Linfield and see what happens," stated the classy 21-year-old from Aghagallon.
Lavery is savouring another season under David Healy at Linfield having become a League title winner after the Blues won the Premiership despite the season being curtailed.
"It is amazing to win the League. Obviously it was not the way we would have wanted to win it because everyone at Linfield wanted to play the games, but we will take it," said Lavery.