Under-fire Michael Cheika has found an unlikely ally in All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen, who believes Rugby Australia's backing of the the Wallabies' coach might pay dividends.
Growing calls for Cheika's head from disgruntled fans after just three Wallabies wins from their past 11 Tests were ignored last week when RA chairman Cameron Clyne publicly declared the one-time world coach of the year as still the best man for the job.
Hansen felt it was the right call.
"It's not for me to say what's right for Australian rugby but what I do know is that continuity has been proven over and over and over again to be a pretty good recipe," he said ahead of Saturday's final trans-Tasman clash of the year against the Wallabies in Yokohama.
"You look at Sir Alex Ferguson, he just about got sacked and went on to do the job (at Manchester United) for 30 years. He wasn't too bad.
"(Jose) Mourinho is probably in a similar boat at the moment. They're going to decide what they're going to do with him because they're not going as well as they'd like.
"I just think sometimes we pull the trigger too quickly on the coach and sometimes I guess it is warranted, but most of the time I don't think it is.
"I think it's a good thing they (Rugby Australia) have given the players a platform that's secure because they know the coach is secure. Once that happens, people can get on and do what they have to do."
The Wallabies have slipped to seventh in the world rankings after their barren run, but Hansen remains wary.
"I don't think it's a reflection of how good they are. They can beat anybody," he said.
"If things go well for them on the day, they can beat anyone, which is a good sign for world rugby - if you're No.7 side can do that, you'd expect the other teams between there and No.1 to be able to do the same."
Cheika, though, and the Wallabies would be foolish to be lulled into any false sense of security by Hansen's charm offensive.
Beneath the surface lays a fierce will to inflict yet more trans-Tasman pain on the Wallabies, who have beaten the All Blacks only once in nine attempts under Cheika.
"We love beating them and they love beating us," Hansen said.
"Didn't we lose this game last year? You don't forget that.
"What we want to do is we want to be better every time we play and we didn't do it right last year and, this time, we want to go out and perform and have a performance that we're proud of."