Carl Fletcher was disappointed, but not surprised by his sacking as Plymouth boss following a 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers.
The young manager, who had been in charge for just over 15 months, was overcome by emotion at his post-match press conference.
Fletcher needed time to compose himself after being asked if he had spoken to his players in the wake of his dismissal being announced.
He then admitted: "That was the hardest part. We have been though a lot together.
"I may be a young manager, but I'm not stupid. If you don't win games, you don't keep your job.
"I have a good relationship with the chairman and I'm sure he feels he has acted in the club's best interests.
"We have both been through hard times, him more recently and myself over four tough years as first a player and then manager.
"I'm disappointed and I don't know what the future holds. I need time to talk things over with my family because I am not sure it is worth all the hassle."