Gordon Smith was in office but not in power
What is Gordon Smith's legacy after his time as chief executive of the SFA? It's difficult to see what he'll look back on with any great sense of achievement.
And now an unseemly spat with Livingston FC over alleged simulation by one of their players. Ironically, it involves the video evidence which he championed but failed to persuade UEFA to implement.
There were no Machiavellian machinations which put noses out of joint but forced through the radical change he said he wanted.
If the powers that be don't want change then they won't change and, in that respect, his time as chief executive has been fruitless.
The role of a chief executive includes among other things: leadership, judgement, organisation and - perhaps crucially - the ability to be a figurehead looked up to and respected by his or her peers.
But ultimately he also has to be able to deliver the vision of the organisation.
That is difficult if the organisation doesn't have a vision in the first place and many would argue that sums up the SFA to a tee.
Bizarrely, Gordon Smith may have jumped ship just at the very time when the SFA are waking up, blinking into a strange and bright sunset as a new reality dawns on them.
The McLeish Review (part one) will be aired next Monday and will paint a picture of an organisation which one source has described as "50 years out of date, institutionalised and in need of radical reform".
As chief executive, much of the fallout from the report would have landed on Smith's shoulders and rightly or wrongly he would have been pilloried for the perceived failings of the organisation.
However, Smith would surely have been supportive of most of the changes which will be proposed in the report and would have been happy to embrace them.
Gordon was in favour of change in the organisation and the pace of it, or rather the lack of it, is thought to be instrumental in his leaving.
The frustration at meeting self-interest round every corner no doubt tried his patience to the limit.
The SFA statement on his leaving was hardly a rousing vote of appreciation of his efforts in the job.
"On behalf of the board and all staff at the Scottish FA, I would like to thank Gordon for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future," said SFA president George Peat.
Peat's words were scarcely a ringing endorsement and surely indicated that there was no burning desire to retain Smith's services by the powerbrokers.
However, when the McLeish Review sees the light of day next week it threatens to be a no-holds-barred exercise and one which those with sensitive political antennae required to survive at Hampden should already be alive to.
It will hammer home some very uncomfortable truths and "take no prisoners".
The time for inaction is past. The fans, the politicians, and even the blazers know that the game is at a crossroads.
Something must be done and the review will outline what that is. Now there will be no hiding place for those resistant to change.
If public money is to help restore our national game then accountability in these tough financial times will be demanded by those picking up the tab, and that alone will signify a major change for those who run our game.
With Craig Levein's overarching vision of how to take our football forward, a new commercial energy in place along with a better communications strategy and a review promising radical change, the SFA may actually be on the cusp of becoming a better and more modern organisation.
Gordon Smith, it seems, has walked out the door just at the time when hope has finally entered the building.