Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has spoken a lot of wise words and made a lot of good common sense decisions in the three months since he took over at Molineux.
But perhaps the most sensible move he has yet made was to make his peace with Roy Keane.
The football world has had the fourth weekend in November ringed around Sunderland's visit to Molineux ever since Keane was appointed at the Stadium of Light in late August and set up a first potential meeting with McCarthy since the 2002 World Cup finals.
As McCarthy has privately admitted, it is hard to imagine that this potential conflict would have gone unnoticed in the media. After all, Sky were first to jump aboard the bandwagon by immediately earmarking it for a Friday night live fixture.
But, just over three weeks before that game is scheduled to take place, McCarthy has played a trump card by getting in touch with Keane in an attempt to bury the hatchet over their very public fall-out in 2002..
McCarthy has been in touch with Keane to talk about the possibility of signing two of his players. And that is the first time they have spoken since the former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland skipper was sent home by McCarthy from the Far East as a row about their country's sub-standard World Cup preparations descended into a less than civil dressing-room war which split a country.
"The circus might not come to town now," said McCarthy at Wolves' Compton Park training ground yesterday, with a wry smile. "It's been four years now and it should be put to bed. Life goes on.
"The only two people who weren't getting anything out of it were me and Roy. It's the media that drives it on and we've both got difficult enough jobs without others putting spanners in it."
McCarthy's revelation that he and Keane were back on speaking terms came on a day when Wolves announced a ticket initiative for the same game.
Concern at Molineux that they have only twice topped 20,000 at the turnstiles this season (the most recent was Saturday's entertaining 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday) had led to Wolves thinking up new ways of getting fans into the ground.
And, in an attempt to keep people out of the pub and drag them from the front rooms, they have chopped prices for the televised Sunderland game to just #10 per head (#5 for concessions) as an experiment.
McCarthy might have lessened the potential impact of Keane coming to Molineux to a mere sideshow, but his main ambition remains unequivocal: to do whatever is best for his team, who can now expect to be something more of a main event on the night.
"I simply wanted to enquire about a couple of players," he said. "And I always believe that you should speak to the manager direct.
"That's no different with Roy now he is manager at Sunderland, so I picked up the phone and he accepted the call.
"We chatted about the players and a couple of other things that will remain private. But we both felt it was the right time to talk and it was a cordial conversation."