If you pick a person for a job based on the court of public opinion, it's a bad selection.
If you pick a person for a job based on that person's courting of press opinion, it's a bad selection.
If you pick a person for a job based on the opinion of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer, it's a bad selection.
If you pick a person for a job without addressing the glaring issues that lie at levels below that role, it's a pointless appointment.
If you expect someone to achieve different results with the same tools as the previous person in that same role, you are an optimist at best.
If you're bemoaning the lack of suitable candidates for a role from a specific part of the world, you might want to look at the reasons for that and see if there's anything you can do about it.
If you disregard candidates based on where they come from, you're an idiot who deserves to fail.
If you cower before other organisations and press opinion and take the short-term view whilst disregarding the opportunity to implement a lasting solution to decades-old problems, the issue is not with the appointment you're about to make. The issue lies with you.
If you can undermine a supremely well-qualified person who is willing to miss his own son's wedding to fulfil his contractual obligations, then yours is your little fiefdom and everything that's in it. And what is more, you'll have ruined any chance of making some good out of this whole sorry mess.
With apologies to Kipling