Let the 'Age of Kenny' begin. Stephen Kenny would probably have been appointed manager next week after Ireland's impending defeat by Slovakia in the European Championships qualifying play-off.
Neither defeat - nor Championships - are particularly impending anymore, but that shouldn't stop the FAI putting the former Dundalk boss in the hot seat, giving Mick McCarthy the bum's rush and putting Irish football out of its misery. It's a no-brainer.
They could have handed Kenny the reins after McCarthy's failure to secure qualification in the group stages. Almost no-one expected anything but further failure in the play-offs with the prospect of successive away wins in Slovakia and, probably, Bosnia extremely unlikely.
The FAI's leaders probably thought adopting a 'he's started so he'll finish' attitude towards McCarthy was the decent thing to do. After all, he was appointed to do the job for as long as Ireland remained in the running for the 2020 Championships, with Kenny slated to assume command immediately thereafter.
Now Covid-19 seems certain to force the postponement of those Championships until next year. It will probably be several months before the play-offs take place. Under these changed circumstances there's no need for Ireland to remain lumbered with 'Manager Fantastic'.
It's not like he did a particularly good job. Ireland didn't just fail to qualify from the group stages, they played some of the most boring football ever produced by our national team. In eight games - two of them against Gibraltar - Ireland scored just seven goals. Qualifiers Denmark and Switzerland hit 23 and 17 respectively.
The likes of Albania, Cyprus and Armenia all scored twice as many goals as Ireland. Kosovo, Kazakhstan and North Macedonia bagged much larger totals too. You know who scored the same amount as we did? Luxembourg.
Aesthetics aside, Ireland weren't much cop from a pragmatic point of view either. A hat-trick of 85th-minute equalisers secured draws against Denmark (twice) and Switzerland which took the bad look off things. But not for an instant did it seem like we'd win any of those games.
A similar backs-to-the-wall approach would have been adopted in Slovakia. Maybe Ireland might have got lucky and edged a penalty shoot-out.
But it's unlikely they'd have managed the same trick twice.
They were on the verge of failing to make a 24-team European Championship. It would have been a historic underachievement. Even the Steve Staunton side of painful memory finished just one place outside the qualifying spots for a 16-team tournament.
No one can argue that McCarthy will be getting a raw deal if asked to step down now. Just a couple of weeks ago it emerged that he'll get a €1.13m pay-off on leaving the job. Were he to depart tomorrow, he'd have been paid over €3m since taking over 16 months ago.
That pay-off was part of the deal worked out between John Delaney and McCarthy before the latter took the job. Such extraordinarily generous remuneration of an unemployed veteran manager owed a lot to the bizarre nature of the Delaney administration.
The new model FAI would be very unlikely to cut such a deal. There's been much talk about an Association eager to embrace change. One way for the self-styled visionaries who've taken over to prove their mettle would be by replacing McCarthy with Kenny.
There's something slightly embarrassing about the current manager's links with the ancien regime. He did not need to go to last year's FAI AGM and pay a glowing unscheduled tribute to then president Donal Conway.
But he did, gushing: "He's been a real stand-up guy for the FAI and for football. I turn up at the training ground and it could be whatever hour and he's either working inside the office or he's talking to Cathal Dervan (the FAI communications officer) about something. Thank you. I've been really impressed with you."
History has not been kind to this intervention. It seemed weird enough at the time. Conway departed the scene soon after as everyone knew he'd have to. McCarthy's status as Delaney's last big appointment makes him resemble an artefact from some extinct civilisation.
With international football unlikely for some time, the FAI must ensure that Ireland are in the best possible position when things finally resume. Kenny probably deserved the job when McCarthy was appointed, but his subsequent performance as U-21 boss has silenced the doubters who cast aspersions on his relative lack of experience outside the League of Ireland.
He's been a huge success, learned a good deal about international football and built up relationships with the gifted generation of young players who represent Ireland's best hopes.
Kenny's heir apparent status probably owed something to a besieged Delaney's desire to curry favour with public opinion. But the decision may turn out to have been an accidental masterstroke.
Appoint Kenny now and there could be a bounce which carries Ireland through the play-offs and into the 2021 European Championship finals. If that happens, Ireland would have two home games in Dublin. Should the team continue in limbo under McCarthy, the FAI will suffer the embarrassment of seeing Bosnia take on Poland and Sweden in the Aviva instead.
A resurgent Ireland under Stephen Kenny, with our promising youngsters a year older and the team eschewing the kind of grim survival-first football delivered in recent times, is a heart-warming prospect.
The FAI must bite the bullet. If they feel squeamish about jettisoning Niall Quinn's old team-mate, they could always find McCarthy another job - isn't there a vacancy for an executive vice president?