Eight years ago, almost to the day, Martin Johnson was feted as the sole English captain to lift the World Cup trophy.
On Wednesday, he shuffled sadly out of Twickenham, weighed down by the burdens of management, apparently unclear about his motives for resigning.
Perhaps he was aware that if he did not jump, he would be pushed.
Certainly he knew his coaching staff would be changed, and that the Rugby Football Union hierarchy remained a jumbled confusion.
There was little support from the man sat by his side at Wednesday’s news conference, his former line manager Rob Andrew.