Adam Pearson's resignation from his role at Leeds United last week will have come as a bolt from the blue for one Leeds player more than most.
In two separate interviews over the past month Sol Bamba spent time talking up the positive impact Pearson has had on the club, his words unintentionally illustrating what a loss he will be.
Pearson joined Leeds as chief executive in May, and has been seen as a stabilising figure behind the scenes. He penned an open letter to supporters published on the club's official website explaining his exit was for personal commitments.
Bamba first told Sky Sports in late August: "It's a massive club but the way it was run the last couple of years wasn't great at all. So now the club has made a few changes with the manager but also with the board, bringing in Adam Pearson, for example. It's a different club now."
And last week he told The Football League Paper: "Now he (Cellino) has maybe taken a step back and I think bringing someone like Adam Pearson in as CEO has been very important. He knows the club, he knows English football. That’s helping the president.
"Everything is a lot more settled so they have done their part. Now we have no excuses."
Bamba's admiration for the job Pearson had done over the past few months was clear. Pearson may well feel that his job was part-complete, having mopped up the mess left at the end of 2014/15, with head coach Neil Redfearn, sporting director Nicola Salerno, and assistant boss Steve Thompson all left hanging on their futures.
Owner Massimo Cellino is now set to step forward for more of a prominent role in club affairs, and Bamba's recent comments about it being good he had taken a step back, will be in vain.
The news about Pearson won't make Bamba want to walk away all of a sudden and move on himself, but it will surely make him more nervous about what is in store behind the scenes, just like boss Uwe Rosler and the club's supporters.
The team need to start winning on the pitch, and while Bamba suggested they had excuses last season, this time around there can be none for their poor start.
Cellino needs to allow them more time to get it right, and show patience if there is not an immediate improvement.