Irrespective of what honeyed words were rushed into service by Tyrone's power-brokers to shower Mickey Harte with compliments, they don't disguise the reality that he was shafted by his own.
It was as unfair as it was classless. A cabinet full of trophies - including a first All-Ireland success, plus two more over the next five years - and a near-constant presence at the business end of the Championship in most other seasons during his 18-year tenure counted for nothing.
Harte's latest three-year term was up, and if he wanted to continue, he would have to put his name forward and slug it out with other contenders, assuming of course that anyone ran against him.
He wasn't seeking another three-year term, having made up his mind some time ago that 2020 would be his final year.
As he told Declan Bogue in a Belfast Telegraph interview revealing his retirement last weekend, he didn't announce it because experience in other sports shows that it's not a good idea to make a departure declaration until it's about to happen.
Harte asked for one more season on the basis that the 2020 campaign was beyond abnormal.
Describing it as a "very condensed, fast-forwarded, squeezed sort of season", he felt its unsatisfactory nature should be taken into account in an end-of-year review.
He is correct. Indeed, that should apply in every county. How can a season which closed for seven months, before re-opening for a blitz finish, form the basis for a rational analysis?
That particularly applies to football where, for the first time in 20 years, there was no 'back door'. Tyrone signed off on the league by remaining in Division 1 before losing to Donegal in the Ulster Championship.
Losing by two points in Ballybofey was hardly a major failure, demanding a change of manager.
In normal times, Tyrone would have responded by heading on the qualifier road and, most likely, made it to the Super8s and possibly further as they have done in recent seasons.
Tyrone, under Harte, had an astonishing qualifier record, losing only three of 32 games, and there's no reason to believe it would be different this time.
The bizarre circumstances which applied this year were ignored by Tyrone's Management Committee, apparently citing a decision taken in 2017.
It established that all managerial positions were for three years, after which they were declared vacant and nominations invited.
The Tyrone weekly Ulster Herald reported this week that a vote of the Management Committee was taken on whether to revisit the rule to take account of the unprecedented circumstances caused by Covid. It was passed but didn't receive the required majority to succeed.
It meant that if Harte wanted to continue, he would have had to apply for the position he held since late 2002. Apart from the obvious nonsense of that scenario, it ignored the turmoil which made 2020 so different.
Surely the county's top officers could see that the 2017 rule was never meant to apply in such strange circumstances.
And here's a question: if the Championship had been cancelled altogether - which was a real possibility at one stage - would Tyrone still have classed 2020 as a full year for managerial purposes?
If so, it would make them look totally idiotic. And if the answer is 'no', how can they justify making a big decision on the basis of a campaign which had no qualifiers? Treating 2020 like every other year, which Tyrone have done, defies logic. And when it involves bringing an end to one of the most successful managerial careers in GAA history, it reflects very badly on them.
Harte left without rancour, accepting that a rule made three years ago was a stumbling block. Now if ever there was a rule made to be broken, it was this one, but those in power went by the book.
It was a pathetically weak decision, ending a strong man's career in a county he served so loyally. He deserved a whole lot better.