Glenn Ferguson was relieved of his position as Ballymena United manager on Monday evening. It left fans and the media asking the question: was the manager a victim of his own success?
Like Eddie Patterson at Glentoran, Ferguson's cup form was outstanding. He brought two County Antrim Shields to Ballymena, their first silverware in a quarter of a century. He also led them to the 2014 Irish Cup final and the 2015 League Cup final. He leaves Warden Street as only the third Ballymena manager in history with multiple honours to his name.
But like Patterson, it was his poor form in the league which saw him axed. 'Mena never finished higher than 7th during his time in charge. And that looks unlikely again this season.
So, was it the right decision to let him go? It's very hard to judge. Clearly Ballymena had severe problems at the back. They've shipped more goals than anyone else in the league and looked calamitous on occasions. Often they can defend heroically, such as this year's County Antrim Shield final but they've conceded three or more in 12 of their 27 league games this season. You don't win many games by doing that.
But going forward, they've scored the most of any side outside the top 4, only trailing Cliftonville by 3 goals.
It's clear 'Spike' is a winner, having brought home silverware along with his fantastic pedigree as a player, but inconsistent results in the league have ultimately cost him.
Many fans felt he had lost the dressing room somewhat and when that happens, it's best for all parties to perform a clean break. That's what Ballymena have opted for and only time will tell if it's the right call. But make no mistake, this isn't the last we'll see of Glenn Ferguson in the Irish League. And it may be the best thing for both him and the club.