Mick McCarthy will have to sacrifice up to €1m over a four-year-period if he wants to become the next Ireland manager.
The FAI have a budget of €1.2m per year to finance Giovanni Trapattoni's successor and, with Martin O'Neill refusing to commit, McCarthy is the front-runner to fill the vacancy. Yet, he will come at a price – one he may have to pay for, indirectly, himself.
Contracted at Portman Road until June 2015, the FAI are obliged to meet the compensatory figure Ipswich have inserted into McCarthy's contract, should they decide to appoint the Yorkshireman.
Yet the precise amount Ipswich are looking for remains unclear. Few expect the FAI to walk away with change from €500,000 and the payout could be twice that amount.
And while the FAI are prepared to pay, they are also intent on sticking to their budget, which effectively means the compensation will be subtracted from McCarthy's salary over the duration of his tenure.
All of this is dependent, of course, on McCarthy getting the job, which seems likely in the view of one Ireland player who discussed the issue with a senior FAI official last week.
The dressing-room source said: "The impression from the conversation was clear – that Mick will get the job."
And the impression within another dressing-room – Ipswich Town's – is that their manager is on the move.
"We certainly don't want him to go," said the club's defender, Tommy Smith. "He has built his own team here and there is a feeling we have something to build on. A change of manager means starting all over again, so we want him to stay.
"He gets the best out of us, isn't shy to have a laugh and a joke with us but at the right time when he needs to be serious, he is that man too. His man-management skills are excellent."
By Garry Doyle