When the first-team coach replaced Chris Turner in August 2010, he said at the time "Being manager of Hartlepool United is the last thing I wanted.
"There are so many issues with taking a manager's job.
"Working on the training ground is my first love, always was, and now I'm getting older I'm going back to spending more time there."
Yesterday, his time came to an end as he left Pools.
Seven home losses in a row - a stretch that included a solitary goal (and that a penalty) - is a run as uncomfortable as it is perplexing.
Pools have lost once away from home but have won only two at home. They have scored 17 times on the road but netted only seven in front of their own fans. Only leaders Charlton, who won 4-0 at Victoria Park, have taken more away points; only second-bottom Wycombe, who won 3-1 at Victoria Park, have earned fewer home points.
It asks the question . If the roles had been reversed would there be such an issue?