Former Scotland boss Craig Brown says the opportunity to take Motherwell into the Europa League could influence Stephen Robinson's Northern Ireland ambitions.
Robinson is strongly fancied to replace Michael O'Neill and recently admitted taking the managerial hot-seat would be the "pinnacle" of his career.
But Brown, who took Motherwell into the Europa League play-offs in 2010/11 and is the last Steelmen boss to win a game in Europe, believes last week's decision to end the Scottish league campaign could be a game-changer.
Motherwell qualify for the Europa League for the first time in six years with their third-place finish and the 45-year-old may never get another chance to pit his wits against European opposition at club level.
I had been Scotland manager before I took over at Motherwell and, yes, I agree with Stephen that managing your country is the pinnacle, but European football was something I enjoyed.
O'Neill came to the attentions of IFA chiefs by taking unfancied Shamrock Rovers to the group stages of the Europa League and Brown believes this is a platform for Robinson to show his coaching credentials with a team he has assembled and moulded himself.
"Stephen is a lucky guy - he seems to have the world at his feet," said Brown," who was the last Scotland boss to qualify for a major finals, the Euros in 1996.
"If you get the opportunity to manage your country, it is extremely difficult to refuse that. Stephen is a smashing guy and would be a great appointment for Northern Ireland and a big loss to Motherwell.
"But I would think the European attraction would be something that might tempt Stephen to stay at Motherwell.
"European games are a great start to the season and they get the squad fit early and give you a head start on most of the other SPFL teams.
"I had been Scotland manager before I took over at Motherwell and, yes, I agree with Stephen that managing your country is the pinnacle, but European football was something I enjoyed.
"You do get a sense of pride and achievement, rubbing shoulders with European sides while at a provincial team. If Stephen believes that he could do something next season with an exciting young Motherwell side and there is good reason to stay, then who knows?
"Of course, there are other considerations that must be considered too. If the IFA can get, say, Tommy Wright for nothing but have to buy Stephen out of his contract, then these things have to be thrown into the mix.
"The lockdown will impact on national associations and what they can pay if they don't have the revenue streams coming through.
"Equally, European club competitions like national competitions may be convoluted next season, so we will need to see how the pandemic works out."
Brown recalls Robinson being among the enthusiastic students who attended coaching classes he took in Belfast.
The 79-year-old laughs off taking any credit for Robinson's coaching successes, but he does admit it comes as no surprise.
"(IFA director) Roy Miller had me over working on some of the coaching courses for the A and Pro licenses and it was only many years later when I was flicking through the list of attendees that I noticed Stephen had been to one or two of the courses," he said.
"The first thing that struck me when I was over there was that the standard of coaching was very good.
"Guys like Gary McAllister, Barry Ferguson and Chris Coleman did the Irish course rather than the Scottish or English courses. Now you expect the Irish boys like Stephen Craigan to do the course, but they attracted big names because the courses were renowned.
"The coaching education programme in Belfast and Dublin, for that matter, should be a matter of great pride. It is borne out in the standard of Irish-trained managers coming through."