Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lasted a little over eight months as manager of Cardiff City, with relegation out of the Premier League and subsequent failure to adjust to life in the Championship costing him his job.
A humbling spell in South Wales will have dented the pride of a man who had worked so hard to land a top post.
Following a glittering playing career, which included 11 memorable years at Manchester United, the Norwegian cut his coaching teeth in the youth ranks at Old Trafford.
He then went it alone back in his homeland, enjoying title success and Champions League outings at Molde.
The lure of Cardiff proved too strong when they called in January, and Solskjaer says he is not finished with British football despite his struggles with the Bluebirds.
Asked whether he plans to return to the Premier League at some stage, the 1999 Treble winner told Sky Sports: “I will be back one day, definitely. At the moment I’m just taking my time, studying some teams, football and learning, evaluating what I did wrong.”
He added on his spell at Cardiff: “I took on a challenge and I didn’t get the success I planned or hoped for, obviously, but it was an experience I had to take.”
Solskjaer is unlikely to walk straight back into a top-flight dugout and may have to prove himself again in the Football League or outside of Britain.
Taking a break is a good idea, though, as he can now reflect on everything he has done – good and bad – and take those findings into his next post.
He can also re-establish his passion for the game, with it easy to grow disillusioned with life when things are not going your way and you find yourself unceremoniously dumped by a previous employer.