Ex-AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown has admitted he leaves Kingsmeadow with no hard feelings.
Brown and assistant Stuart Cash were sacked on Wednesday after a 1-0 League Two defeat to Torquay United left the Dons 21st in the table after a run of four-straight defeats.
The 60-year-old former Aldershot Town boss bid an emotional farewell to fans at the final whistle sparking speculation he had resigned, but it wasn't until a board meeting today that his exit was rubber stamped.
Chief Executive Erik Samuelson confirmed the club's board had decided the management team should step aside with immediate effect and have placed coach Simon Bassey in temproary charge of first team affairs.
And, in a club statement, Brown admitted the writing had been on the wall.
“Last night was a special moment as not many managers get to leave in such a way by saying goodbye to the supporters," he said.
"Stuart and I felt that we had to get a couple of wins out of our home games and that if we lost both games then we would no longer be at the club.
"That is sad, but I will remember five absolutely fantastic years at the club. I cannot say I have enjoyed this season as it has not gone well, but my abiding memory will be our three promotions.
"I will never forget having the honour of being the manager who took Wimbledon back into the Football League.
"It is really important that whoever takes over this club understands the history of this great club and hopefully the next manager will win the matches to keep us in League 2 and maybe get us into League 1.”
“I really feel as a manager that you have a timespan at a club, unless you are someone like Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, and can continually be successful.
There comes a point when it is time to move on and maybe a club needs someone else. I may have a heavy heart at the moment, but I will be at Wycombe on Saturday supporting the boys.
“I would really like to thank the board, who have supported us all the way. They have been fantastic, even up until the last week when we needed to bring in Steven Gregory and Will Antwi due to injuries.
"I must also say a big thank-you to the volunteers at the club as they have been a huge help to me. The fans have been absolutely fantastic to me as they were even singing my name when things were not going well and it looked like I would be leaving.
"I will still look for Wimbledon’s results and will still come and visit even if Stuart and I find another club.
It is not a time for being despondent about leaving the club, it is time to remember the fantastic times that we have had here.”
Samuelson added: “This is a terribly sad moment for all of us. Terry has been a wonderful manager and a fantastic ambassador for the club since we appointed him over five years ago.
"He and Stuart guided us from the Ryman League into the Football League and for that we will be forever grateful. On behalf of everyone at the club and all the fans, I’d like to thank them for everything they have done for us.”