The prospect of Ireland hosting World Cup matches in 2030 is a very credible one according to new FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill.
The self-described "straight-talking Yorkshire man" was speaking to the Irish media on Friday and said that a joint bid between the "home nations" and the Republic of Ireland could prove attractive to FIFA and ultimately could succeed.
Hill, who worked with the English FA for ten years, said that England had twice applied to host the prestigious event since the last time the World Cup landed on those shores, in 1966, and the FAI supremo believes that the next bid needs to offer "a mix of individuals and a mix of accents".
"I think it's absolutely credible. I think the decision to have a joint approach is the right decision. Because we know that the English FA has already had two attempts to host the World Cup since it last did in 1966.
"So I think it needed to change the narrative slightly, and I think, incorporating the other home nations and, in particular, incorporating the FAI into the proposed approach, I think is very sensible.
"I think that will fall well within both UEFA, and within UEFA federations and I think also within FIFA."
Hill believes that the stature of all five associations, combined with the vast range of high-quality stadiums available, would give the bid real clout, while the historic links between all the countries would also prove an attractive destination for the world's festival of football.
"As always this is going to be a competitive situation," said Hill.
"What we will have to do is if the bid moves forward is to is to put our best foot forward but I do think that the combination of first class and world class stadia actually that you have from within the within the five associations, plus obvious depth and knowledge across all five as to how to safely host matches, which is going to be a dynamic given everything that we've seen in relation to Covid.
"But also the deep connection between football as a sport and all five of the associations is real and it's noteworthy.
"I think people understand across the world of football, how committed we are to football as a sport and I think that will play out well."
And English native Hill also feels that the presence of strong and inspirational Irish accents could prove the difference in the highly competitive race to host the holy grail of the world's most popular sport.
"I do genuinely believe that if we have some strong and inspirational Irish voices within that process, particularly within the Uefa element of the process, I think that that will be extremely beneficial and powerful to the overall bid.
"And I've made that point, though it might sound ironic me making that point with an English accent.
"But I have said that to the English FA and to the other FAs as well. Whilst we know that a lot of the process will be driven out of the English FA who, by the way, I think have made massive strides as an organisation since I left there.
"I think they're really well run and I think they're very well respected within UEFA and in FIFA.
"I think it's really important that there is a mix of individuals and a mix of accents that are part of that story moving forward.
"But generally, if you ask me the question: 'Do I believe we can win it?’ Yes, I do."