Southend United boss Phil Brown has revealed the discussions that led to Paul Sturrock walking away for good.
Brown replaced Sturrock in charge of the Shrimpers last week but the man known in the game as Luggy was set to lead the team out in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley.
That plan has now been scrapped after the Scot decided to make a clean break from the club and Brown admits he feels that was the right decision.
"The chairman asked if I had any objections to him leading the team out and I didn't," Brown told Sky Sports News Radio.
"I thought that that was right because I didn't get them to Wembley, Luggy did. The difficulty was that it then manifested itself into him managing the side.
"I'm not sure that can happen because I'll have been managing the side for two games and then you're handing the reins over. It becomes a little bit messy.
"I went round to see Paul. He's not a good friend of mine but he's a colleague and I know how he's been feeling as he's just been sacked.
"All I could do was put my case to him and I asked him how he would feel if he was me. He just said exactly the opposite, how would you feel if you were me.
"We thrashed it out and he had to come to the decision over whether he wanted anything to do with it.
"I think he's a great man for coming out and letting sleeping dogs lie and letting me get on with it. I think that's the right way forward I must admit."