Having plotted untold glory for Tyrone and, in the process, established himself as one of the greatest managers in GAA history, Mickey Harte is today pondering his future after the curtain was ignominiously drawn on his team's season less than a fortnight ago.
As a person who consistently challenges himself, Harte's penchant for raising the bar has seen him set standards which have become increasingly difficult to attain.
Glowing statistics such as three All-Ireland titles since 2003 and six Ulster championship crowns in the same period bear testimony to the absolute dedication, supreme commitment and unbridled enthusiasm that Harte brought to the manager's role.
Yet, since the team's exit from the current Ulster Championship at the hands of reigning title-holders Donegal - they are aiming for a hat-trick of successes just now - it's statistics of a rather different hue that have tended to be highlighted.
Twelve years have elapsed since the Sam Maguire Cup last took up residency in the O'Neill county, while in the last 10 years Tyrone have won the Ulster Championship on just three occasions having tended to live in the imposing shadow of Donegal and a Monaghan side that also made a vibrant pitch for glory.
Even though the glint of silverware might not have always been conspicuous, Tyrone have managed to remain one of the top five teams in the country, an outfit that invariably proved difficult to overcome.
Harte's ability to unearth, nurture and develop talent is legendary, and it's no surprise that some of the greatest players to have graced Gaelic football - Peter Canavan, Sean Cavanagh, Conor Gormley and Stephen O'Neill - flourished under his capable baton.
Sadly, it was when inter-county action resumed last month that the wheels began to fall off the wagon, a league defeat to Donegal followed by a nerve-shredding one point win over Mayo before expulsion from the Ulster Championship at the hands of Donegal yet again.
Cue the murmurings surrounding Harte's future, murmurings that have since evolved into more strident voices.
It now remains to be seen if other individuals wish to lob their hats into the ring - just as Harte did all those years ago.
The county's 2015 All-Ireland Under-21 management team, spearheaded by Feargal Logan, might now answer the call; Collie Holmes is currently enhancing his credentials with the Under-17s and Paul Devlin is making waves with the Under-20 team he took to the All-Ireland semi-finals, only to be thwarted by Covid-19.
With clubs having been invited to put forward their nominees for the position, it might well be that latent managerial talent could come to the surface.
It is no coincidence, too, in the current increasingly demanding environment that Wayne Kierans (Louth), Lenny Harbinson (Antrim), Paul Taylor (Sligo) and Benji Whelan (Waterford) have stepped down as county team bosses, while Fermanagh's Ryan McMenamin and Colm Collins (Clare) are considering their futures.
Harte has undoubtedly left an indelible imprint not just in Tyrone but within the GAA - indeed, within Irish sport as a whole. One thing is certain - he will be a hard act to follow.