The Irish FA need to appoint a new international manager pronto.
After UEFA confirmed Northern Ireland's autumn fixtures - a possible eight matches in three months - during the week, it's imperative that the IFA give Michael O'Neill's successor as much time as possible to prepare for these games.
August has been mentioned as the month when they hope to announce an appointment, but that is too late.
I don't understand the delay.
I've heard excuses about saving money and wanting to do interviews around a boardroom table, however urgency is now required.
I agree face-to-face interviews are so much better than over Zoom. You can get a real feel for a person's character and personality when in the same room.
So, it's time to improvise and conduct interviews in line with the current Covid-19 restrictions.
It can be done. If it means putting up a canopy in a private garden, with a few chairs spread out to accommodate appropriate social distancing, then so be it.
But let's get it done.
Do we even know if the Irish FA have at this stage made an official shortlist?
It's all very well former players, such as myself, having an opinion on who should be the next manager - and I've made it known I believe Stephen Robinson and Ian Baraclough are the front runners for the position - but we're not the people making the decision.
Further delay is not helping our chances for either the Nations League, which kicks off in Romania in September, or the more important Euro play-off against Bosnia a month later.
Michael O'Neill has left a blueprint for progression, but that can only be followed up with the new manager being given time and resources.
A lot of the work Michael carried out was done weeks in advance of the squad meeting up for a game.
Michael had his say over every aspect of the international set-up - from flights, accommodation, facilities, training bases and even down to making sure he brought his own hotel expert for away games.
Michael invited Neil Devlin from the Hastings Hotel Group to travel with the team and make sure every aspect was covered at the team hotels.
Neil liaised with the venues to make sure rooms were ready on arrival, meeting areas were always available, food was brought out at the time stipulated and, most importantly of all, was cooked exactly how our nutritionists wanted.
Over the years, I've seen Neil in foreign countries sending a massive amount of food back as it wasn't cooked or delivered the way he wanted and then having stand-up rows with the chefs.
But he always stood his ground. We felt that having someone who was an expert in the hotel trade was invaluable to us.
But will Neil be kept on? Will the new manager even know who Neil is?
Michael was able to employ a big backroom staff, including analysts, but it took him time to put the team he wanted together.
What about David Currie, who is Head of International Administration? He is a vital cog in terms of the international team. He is not only a link for the players and management but is also the man to go out and scout venues and cities and bring that information back to the manager.
He has been on furlough during the pandemic, but he needs to be brought back ASAP.
Michael had his own tastes and preferences and David knew exactly what Michael wanted, but the new manager may prefer different training bases; he may feel his squad should arrive in a country a couple of days before a game or that chartering flights is the only way he wants his squad to travel.
All these things need to be taken into account.
With Michael going, we have now lost chief scout Andy Cousins, who has also moved to Stoke.
Andy was responsible for bringing in players such as Jamal Lewis, George Saville and Bailey Peacock-Farrell. With Northern Ireland having such a small player pool to choose from, these additions were vital, but will this now dry up with Andy away?
We haven't even discussed the players yet and obviously a relationship between players and manager is crucial to any success on the pitch.
An understanding needs to be developed and a manager needs to get his thoughts, vision and belief across long before they meet up in September.
Videos and messages need to be sent out to the players so that, when they arrive for international week, they already have in their heads how the manager wants to approach training, the style of play and opposition. Don't leave that until international week.
We could possibly be playing two triple headers in October and November and that is a lot of football, especially for the senior players in the squad, so conversations need to start now.
Recovery will be crucial as three games in 10 days, with club games either side, is a big, big ask.
So much is done behind the scenes before players actually run out on to the pitch and I can tell you, the players in the squad will not tolerate going back to the bad old days before Michael changed the international set-up.
Then we have players who have issues at their clubs.
It has been suggested Hearts, for example, may not start their league action until October and obviously Northern Ireland have three players - Michael Smith, Conor Washington and Liam Boyce - at Tynecastle, so that is a major concern for any new manager, while striker Kyle Lafferty is currently without a club.
Plenty for any new manager to get their teeth into - if only they would be given the opportunity and time to deal with such situations...