Still maintain it was a very risky thing to do, and not the way to run a football club.
Thankfully it didn't, but it could have easily gone wrong.
Was talking to someone the other day who should know what he's talking about.
Apparently when the IFA appointed Michael, he was NOT the favourite for the job, but he absolutely aced the interview - planning, research, ambition, method etc. And I spoke to someone very senior at the IFA after Michael was a few years into the job who raved about what a good job Michael was doing. This was not just about picking a team and sending them out to play; it was also the other work he was doing behind the scene, with the underage sides and the overall set-up.
And I suspect something the same happened with the Scottish job, where he had to "outpace" a load of Scottish applicants, who must have had their pals in the SFA rooting for them. Although they didn't persuade him to leave NI (they "failed the interview", not him!), they were prepared to pay him more than any previous manager had got.
Trust me, he's The Real Deal, and if your Board can give him even half a chance with transfers etc, he'll do great things, I firmly believe that.