Steve Gibson, the Middlesbrough chairman, last night revealed that Gordon Strachan had quit the club a broken man left "tortured" by his "torrid" time at the Riverside.
For some, it will be difficult to feel pity for Strachan given his cantankerous public ways, but a saddened Gibson painted an altogether more sympathetic picture as he explained that the Scot had resigned from his position at the struggling Championship club and would not receive a penny of compensation despite having two and a half years left on his deal.
"Gordon walked away from the club with empty hands and it is a measure of the man that he sought no compensation whatsoever," Gibson said. "That would have surprised me from most football managers but it wouldn't from Gordon, because I know how much he was hurting.
"He kept on saying the biggest regret was that he had let the fans down, he had let the club down and me and (chief executive) Keith Lamb down personally, and he was quite tortured in the end.
"Now I hope he goes away, feels some relief and spends some time with his lovely wife and family and gets back to enjoying life, it has been a torrid time for him."
Strachan (53) won just 13 of his 46 games in charge after succeeding Gareth Southgate on October 27 last year and leaves Boro 20th in the Championship, their lowest position in two decades.
Gibson expressed regret at Strachan's failure to revive the club's fortunes. "I am sad for Gordon and the supporters that we haven't given them the results they would like," Gibson added. "Gordon worked very hard but things hadn't turned out as we would have hoped." (© Daily Telegraph, London)