Derry City assistant manager Tony Gorman has spoken of his shock that John Robertson was axed from his role as the Candystripes chief on Tuesday evening.
The ex-Linfield midfielder joined the back-room staff at the Brandywell from Finn Harps in February, when the board appointed Pat Fenlon to take over from Stephen Kenny.
Fenlon was to depart the scene after just a few months in the job, but Gorman remained at the club and became former Scottish international striker Robertson's right-hand man.
" I'm disappointed John has left the club because I got on very well with him," said Gorman.
"At the minute, myself and the rest of the back-room team and players are planning for pre-season training, which starts next month.
"I had numerous talks with John about the preparation for pre-season and I have a number of schedules for the players."
As well as the fans and the players, Gorman also faces a wait to see who is the next person to take over the hot-seat, as the new manager may bring in his own back-room team.
City defender Sean Hargan has urged the new board to replace the ex-Hearts manager as quickly as possible.
"It's always disappointing for any player or manager who loses his job and John is no different," said Hargan.
"Obviously I'm shocked but at the end of the day I'm just a player and I have to get on with my job.
"Hopefully the board can appoint a new manager sooner rather than later, but they need to appoint the right man.
" Myself and the rest of the players at the club need to remain focused and get ready for pre-season training next month so, from that point of view, we probably need a new manager in soon, so he can put his ideas and sign whatever players he wants."
Already the rumour mill is starting as to who will replace Robertson, with a number of contenders from the eircom League, including Damien Richardson, Sean Connor and Alan Matthews, while there could be cross-channel interest from the likes of John Aldridge, former Derry star, David Kelly and, of course, ex-manager Kenny.
While Felix Healy, another who is no stranger to the role, could also come into the frame.
Former City assistant manager Paul Hegarty, however, has ruled himself out of a return to the Brandywell.
When questioned about the vacancy, the Donegal man declined to comment on speculation that he was in the running for the City hot-seat.
" I'm the manager of Finn Harps and what goes on at other clubs doesn't concern me," he said.
"We gained promotion only a few weeks ago and I'm currently, along with my assistant Marty McCann, looking to strengthen our squad for next season's Premier Division campaign."
And he may not have to cast his net too far in the search for new talent with the former Institute manager, perhaps, looking to Drumahoe during the transfer window.
"I have watched quite a few Irish League games recently and will be speaking to a number of clubs," he said.
Philip Lowry and David Ogilby are sure to interest him but Liam Beckett is certain to demand a hefty fee.