Ian Dunn says he knew his time as Boston Town manager was up when his Poachers side were trailing 5-0 at Spalding United last Tuesday.
With half an hour left on the clock, and their UCL Premier rivals in the ascendancy, something clicked in the away dug-out.
The Tulips may have gone on to win 12-0 - a record defeat for the Poachers - but before the full-time whistle, Dunn says he knew his mind, and that of joint boss Matt Hocking, was already made up.
“We were 5-0 down with 30 minutes to go and I knew then,” Dunn told The Standard. “After the game we had a chat (with club officials) and said that if they wanted to bring in somebody else then we would understand.”
Dunn and Hocking had spent two days attempting to raise a side for the contest, calling in favours from Chris West, Paul Goodhand and Mark Lovelace to make the numbers up.
And that point made the duo realised that, as far as they were concerned, they had exhausted their supply of local talent.
With local rivals Spalding United and Wisbech able to better Boston’s wage offers and Holbeach, Sleaford, Yaxley, Peterborough Northern Star and Deeping among the sides also looking to recruit locally, the Town bosses felt they had reached the end of the road.
“I want to thank the club for giving us the opportunity to manage at this level,” added Dunn, who has since returned to playing with Holbeach.
“Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for us.”
Hocking, who is now concentrating on earning his UEFA B coaching qualification, added: “We wish the club all the best in the future.”
Assistant boss Leigh Taylor has also left the club.